The trouble with California and New York is that some businesses simply have to have a presence there. But according to the latest survey of states ranked by their business climates, most CEOs wish it weren't so.

The Golden State and Empire State are once again at the bottom of the list of the 10 worst places to do business, as reported by Chief Executive Magazine.

In fact, nine of the 10 worst states were in the bottom 10 last year, suggesting that these states just don't care if you want to conduct business there or not. 

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.