State best in U.S. for busi­ness, CNBC rat­ing says; Austin keep­sake maker to stick with Bal­four brand for its wares

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS & PERSONAL FINANCE - Com­piled from staff re­ports

Texas is the top state for busi­ness, based on the fourth an­nual rank­ing by CNBC. The state scored 1,508 out of 2,500 points in an as­sess­ment that in­cluded cat­e­gories such as work force qual­ity, ed­u­ca­tion, busi­ness costs and over­all eco­nomic health.

Texas was sec­ond to Vir­ginia last year. Vir­ginia fell to sec­ond this year.

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