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Top reasons why Utah is among best for businesses

Published: Thursday, June 30 2011 3:43 p.m. MDT

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Brock Vergakis, AP
Utah finished 12th in cost of doing business for reasonable tax burdens, including individual and property taxes, and business taxes as related to new investments. Utah also marked high concerning rental costs for office and industrial space, as well as the cost of wages. Iowa and Arkansas tied for 1st in this category with 285 points, while Utah garnered 232.

Workers for B. Jackson Construction Inc. put a new sign welcoming visitors to Utah on May 25, 2010 in Salt Lake City at the exit to Salt Lake City International Airport.
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FarnsworthPMacGillicuddy
Layton, UT

Total puff piece. Utah is NOT friendly to business, not small businesses that is,and ones like mine are the backbones of the country's economy. I pay my employees a great deal more than the prevailing wage in Utah. I cannot in good conscience provide a meager "living" wage like the largest employers in this state,who truly have a "take-it-or-leave-it" attitude with their employees.
I prefer to have extremely high expectations out of my employees and reward loyalty, something that is sadly lacking with the majority of employers here in Utah. Our state legislators are not "business friendly" unless of course, it is their personal businesses or campaign contributors, then, miraculously, they become "friendly". It's always all about the money with them, their actions speak louder than their words. Always.

kwest1ner
west valley, ut

I'd bet the owners of restaurants or bars trying to get a liquor license would disagree.

The Jimmer
Salt Lake City, UT

No mention of tax "incentives"? Hmmm...no surprise.

Schwa
South Jordan, UT

It has a lot to do with poor labor laws, allowing businesses to exploit workers.

Washington Mom
LACEY, WA

My son is working at a Restaurant in Provo. He gets $2 an hour base pay and was told with tips he would average $12 an hour. Not true, everyone works on the weekend (the restuarnt can afford to do this paying their employees $2 an hour) so fewer tables per waiter and fewer tips. He is lucky to make $7 an hour on weekends. When he opens and business is slow, he averages only $4 an hour including tips. Needless to say there is high turnover at this restaurant and he looking for another job. Shame on Utah for allowing restaurant owners to take avantage of students this way!!!!!

Tuffy Parker
Salem, UT

I absolutely refuse to follow this "story" format any longer. This poorly devised method of serving more ad views is frustrating at best. I have not succumed to any of the "Top 10" teasers over the last couple of weeks. However, I checked this one out today because the headline did not include "Top 10..." in the hope that it might be an article rather than the cumbersome 10 clicks to get to the point of it all. Alas, I am filled with disappointment that I will not see any of the reasons why Utah is tops for business.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

The legislature will dismantle the quality education factor that seems to be attracting business.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

It's the education stu. All that socialist education combined with an LDS college and state funded education is paying off. Congrats. Try not to mess with it.

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