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The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) has released its 18th annual report, "Small Business Policy Index 2013: Ranking the States on Policy Measures and Costs Impacting Small Business and Entrepreneurship."
SBE Council has published the state index for 18 years. It ranks the 50 states according to 47 different policy measurements, including a range of tax, regulatory and government spending measures.
The states that have the most entrepreneur-friendly policies under the "Small Business Policy Index 2013" are:
1) South Dakota
12) North Dakota
In contrast, the states with the least friendly policy environments for small businesses are: 40) Rhode Island
47) New York
49) New Jersey
Raymond J. Keating, SBE Council's chief economist and author of the study, pointed out, "This study is straightforward and well documented. The Small Business Policy Index 2013 is built on sound, clear-cut economics, as understood in Economics 101 and evidenced by the many studies cited in the Index."