Vermont: one of the worse states for business, says Forbes

Shouldice also said Vermonters should use the new Forbes magazine data to seriously question candidates seeking state office with ideas of spending more money the state doesn't have.

"Incumbents should be held accountable for their record on economic issues, and every challenger should be asked about their plans for making Vermont more competitive," said Shouldice. "Our leaders in Montpelier have been extremely self-indulgent over the years, buying votes with unnecessary new programs and higher taxes on small businesses. We are suffocating under the weight of too much government and in this election people have a chance to do something about it."

Can Vermont's legislators learn a thing or two from Forbes' first-place Utah? Maybe, but the Green Mountain State's tax-and-spend legislature will have to wise up before the bill is due.

According to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, "Utah has a fiscally conservative government where we are trying to keep government off your backs and out of your wallet. We want the free market do what it does best."

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