Wish I could I find the thread that linked that Slate article on how MA is #1... News Headlines "The biggest decline came in Massachusetts. A top-five finisher in 2010 and in sixth place last year, the Bay State tumbles all the way to 28th place this year. Still a top state for Education (3) and a magnet for capital (tied with California for No. 1 in Access to Capital), the Massachusetts economy nonetheless faltered, dropping to 21st from 15th. Also in the New England state, The Cost of Doing Business rose (49/41), and Infrastructure crumbled (45/29). Even in Technology & Innovation (7/3), the state that practically invented the high-tech corridor lost ground. "