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Report: Georgia Business Environment Receives Top Ranking

When considering strengths of economies in states with burdensome regulations versus those in less regulated states, Georgia ranks quite high, a new report suggests.

Last week, CATO released a report titled “Entrepreneurs and Regulations: Removing State and Local Barriers to New Businesses,” which found that Georgia was among the Top 10 states for the lowest regulatory barriers alongside SD, ND, NH, IN, WY, UT, and OH.

In fact, Georgia is ranked number one.

CATO’s “Entrepreneurs and Regulations: Removing State and Local Barriers to New Businesses” report results reflect the rankings that states receive based on weighted scores in the following categories: small business views of regulations, occupational licensing, other entry barriers, and regulation-created costs. Georgia ranks No. 1.

“As the top state for doing business for the past eight years – thanks to conservative leadership in the governor’s office and the General Assembly – it is no surprise that Georgia’s business environment continues to receive top marks,” Governor Kemp said of the report. “This report highlights Georgia’s high ranking in ease of starting a business, labor and hiring laws, and licensing laws. Job creation and economic development in Georgia has remained strong throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are building on that momentum thanks to a world-class business environment that encourages investment, innovation, and business creation.”

For the ‘Small Business Views of Regulations’ section, CATO created a poll with the following questions:

  • “How difficult or easy do you think it is to start a business in your state?,
  • “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to employment” labor, and hiring regulations?” and
  • “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to licensing forms, requirements, and fees?”

This poll surveyed 5,000 respondents and each response was graded as an F to A+ choice, which was converted to scores of 1 to 13. Below are Georgia’s scores under the ‘Small Business Views of Regulations’ category:

Small Business Views of Regulations in Georgia:

  • Ease of Starting a Business: A+
  • Labor and Hiring Laws: A+
  • Licensing Laws: A+

To view the full report, click here.
To view state rankings and a detailed analysis, click here.

Jessica Szilagyi

Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter:

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