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Survey of Wisconsin Business Leaders Yields Similar Results to National Survey Last Month

June 9, 2011

For Immediate Release

Madison – Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce today released its 2011 Economic Outlook Survey.  The results of the survey show a marked turnaround of how Wisconsin’s business community views the direction the state is going in.  Last year, 10 percent of WMC members said the state was going in the right direction, this year 88 percent say it is going in the right direction.  In addition, last year only 1 percent said the state was very pro-business, today 35 percent say it is.  Over half of those surveyed said they would be adding jobs this year.

“Wisconsin has seen a remarkable turnaround in our business climate in just six months, but with the national economy struggling, our work is not finished,” said Governor Scott Walker.  “We must continue to focus on improving our business environment to create jobs for Wisconsinites.  The good news is that our message is resonating with Wisconsin and national job creators.”

Last month CEO magazine released its national rankings for the best and worst states for business.  The rankings were based on a survey of more than 500 CEOs who considered a criteria ranging from taxation and regulation to workforce quality and living environment.  The annual ranking showed that Wisconsin, who in 2010 was ranked the 41st best state to do business in, jumped more than any other state in the nation to the 24th best state in 2011.