New Jersey is again near the bottom in the ranking of states for their friendliness towards entrepreneurship and small business, according to the 2017 Small Business Policy Index that was released on Wednesday.

Produced by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, the index analyzed 55 different policy initiatives, including taxes, government mandates, and rules and regulations.  View the full index here.

New Jersey was near the bottom in most state tax categories and local property taxes, but was ranked 8th for local sales or income taxes, 5th for diesel taxes and 2nd overall for crime rate.

In the overall ranking, only California had a worse score. For neighboring states, New York was 48th, one spot ahead of New Jersey, Pennsylvania came in at 31st, and Delaware was 34th.

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