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Survey: Pa. tough for small business

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Pennsylvania is a hard state to do business in, according to a recent survey of small businesses in the state.

Thumbtack.com, a San Francisco-based consumer service website, partnered with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to compile the data, according to a news release. The state was one of 82 states and cities reviewed for its attitude toward small businesses.

Findings for Pennsylvania include:

• The state received a D for its friendliness towards small business, one of the worst grades in the country.

• Pennsylvania did poorly across all measured categories, earning no grade above D+.

• 50 percent of Pennsylvania small businesses said they paid the right share of taxes, slightly below the national average of 54 percent.

• Female entrepreneurs in Pennsylvania rated the state’s friendliness 5 percent higher than their male counterparts.

• Pennsylvania was one of the hardest states in the country for hiring new workers.

“After a two-month survey of thousands of small business owners nationwide, we’ve heard directly from Pennsylvania’s small businesses that the state could do more to support them,” Jon Lieber, chief economist of Thumbtack.com, said in the release. “Creating a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic businesses is more important than ever, and Pennsylvania’s small businesses think the state could do a better job.”

Thumbtack surveyed 12,632 small businesses across the United States, asking questions about the friendliness of states toward small business and about small-business finances, such as:

• “In general, how would you rate your state’s support of small business owners?”

• “Would you discourage or encourage someone from starting a new business in your state?” and

The top-rated states overall were Utah, Idaho, Texas, Virginia and Louisiana. The lowest-rated were Rhode Island, Illinois, California, Connecticut and New Jersey.

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