Unexpectedly Intriguing!
February 28, 2006

The Tax Foundation has just released its third State Business Climate Index, in which it presents its rankings of each state's "business-friendliness" with regard to taxation. Links to more information about the study are available at the Tax Foundation's blog, which includes a static table listing the rankings of the states by alphabetical order.

But really, is that kind of data presentation good enough anymore? We here at Political Calculations believe that data presented in tables on the Internet should do more than just sit there. Oh no. We believe that data presented this way should dance on the reader's command, rearranging itself to allow the reader to gain more insight than by having to search through hundreds of individual data points to find out if their state scored higher in one category than another.

That's why we're presenting our own dynamic version of the Tax Foundation's state-by-state rankings. Just select any of the column headings below to rank the presented data according to the category you select, either from low to high or from high to low (by clicking again!) We've also highlighted the individual states of Arizona (green), since it came in the middle of the Tax Foundation's overall rankings, as well as the highest ranking state Wyoming (red), and the lowest ranked state of New York (blue).

Tax Foundation 2006 State Business Tax Rankings
State Overall Rank Business Tax Index Rank Individual Income Tax Index Rank Sales and Gross Receipts Tax Index Rank Unemploy-ment Insurance Tax Index Rank Wealth Index Rank
Alabama 14 14 17 11 4 6
Alaska 3 48 4 1 43 18
Arizona 25 29 20 40 12 12
Arkansas 41 44 32 37 41 13
California 40 39 47 38 20 7
Colorado 12 6 14 26 21 14
Connecticut 39 16 19 33 26 50
Delaware 8 25 26 3 11 10
Florida 4 13 4 20 1 16
Georgia 21 8 27 7 32 27
Hawaii 33 26 44 43 22 3
Idaho 24 21 37 17 46 2
Illinois 23 15 13 41 37 44
Indiana 11 20 10 14 7 19
Iowa 42 46 45 13 28 29
Kansas 34 45 23 28 15 33
Kentucky 44 40 30 23 48 30
Louisiana 36 34 22 49 9 28
Maine 45 47 38 10 42 39
Maryland 22 7 39 8 17 37
Massachusetts 27 36 15 9 49 41
Michigan 26 49 11 32 40 20
Minnesota 38 41 36 34 35 15
Mississippi 29 33 16 46 2 26
Missouri 20 4 25 29 8 17
Montana 9 17 21 5 24 23
Nebraska 43 42 34 36 14 42
Nevada 5 1 7 47 38 11
New Hampshire 6 38 8 2 44 31
New Jersey 49 50 46 27 27 46
New Mexico 28 31 24 48 18 1
New York 50 30 50 39 47 43
North Carolina 37 22 43 35 5 40
North Dakota 31 35 42 18 36 4
Ohio 47 37 48 45 13 48
Oklahoma 17 8 28 15 3 21
Oregon 10 24 33 4 30 8
Pennsylvania 16 32 12 19 16 45
Rhode Island 48 27 40 30 50 49
South Carolina 30 12 29 12 45 32
South Dakota 2 1 1 42 31 9
Tennessee 15 11 9 44 33 38
Texas 7 18 4 21 6 34
Utah 18 5 31 24 23 5
Vermont 46 43 49 16 10 47
Virginia 19 8 18 6 25 36
Washington 13 19 2 50 39 24
West Virginia 35 28 41 31 34 22
Wisconsin 32 23 35 25 29 25
Wyoming 1 1 2 22 19 35

About the Dynamic Table

The table sorting function used by Political Calculations to provide this dynamic capability was developed by the minds of the Daily Kryogenix who, in addition to creating the function, have provided really good instructions for implementing the capability onto web sites (or, in this case, blogs.)

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