America’s Top States for Business

With adventure-seeking foodies flocking to his mushroom-foraging tours of the woods in Asheville, North Carolina, Alan Muskat’s business, No Taste Like Home, is thriving. Often, he arranges for participants to head to a local restaurant afterward, where a gourmet chef will prepare their harvest. It’s not just the farm-to-table trend that’s keeping him busy. It’s also …

When it comes to municipal bonds, the headlines can drown out the news. Horror stories from Chicago, Detroit and Puerto Rico, painting a harrowing financial picture amid talk of budget shortfalls and potential defaults, mask a sector that is otherwise pretty sound. Since the financial crisis and accompanying recession, states and municipalities have in fact …

Everyone complains about taxes. But millions of American households apparently are doing something about it: Picking up and moving. A CNBC analysis of tax data and figures provided by two major national moving companies shows that states with the highest per-capita taxes, for the most part, are also seeing the biggest net migration out of …

New York is a big state with a long history of doing things big. That is especially true when it comes to subsidizing business. According to the watchdog group Good Jobs First, the Empire State has awarded nearly 72,000 subsidies to corporations, mostly since 2007, worth $22.6 billion. That is more than any other state …

The debate has America split—literally. With Wisconsin‘s adoption of so-called right-to-work legislation earlier this year, 25 states now prohibit mandatory union dues, and with legislation being pushed in several more states, the right-to-work movement is talking about a national “tipping point.” Under right-to-work legislation, no person can be compelled, as a condition of employment, to …

Innovation and agriculture may be the proverbial peas in a pod. Each has grown together, creating a harvest of new methods for food gathering. Take Bo Stone, a sixth-generation farmer who raises nearly 10,000 hogs a year, while growing corn, wheat, soybeans and strawberries. “We use GPS and satellite technology to guide our tractors,” said …