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Rebel Yell
06-16-2011, 09:43 AM
State Freedom Rankings
1. New Hampshire
2. South Dakota
3. Indiana
4. Idaho
5. Missouri
6. Nevada
7. Colorado
8. Oregon
9. Virginia
10. North Dakota
11. Florida
12. Oklahoma
13. Iowa
14. Texas
15. Georgia
16. Tennessee
17. Kansas
18. North Carolina
19. Alabama
20. Utah
21. Wyoming
22. Arizona
23. Nebraska
24. Mississippi
25. Wisconsin
26. South Carolina
27. Michigan
28. Arkansas
29. Montana
30. Vermont
31. Pennsylvania
32. Kentucky
33. Maine
34. Minnesota
35. Louisiana
36. West Virginia
37. New Mexico
38. Connecticut
39. Delaware
40. Washington
41. Illinois
42. Ohio
43. Maryland
44. Alaska
45. Rhode Island
46. Massachusetts
47. Hawaii
48. California
49. New Jersey
50. New York


This study comprehensively ranks the American states on their public policies that affect individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres. It updates, expands, and improves upon our inaugural 2009 Freedom in the 50 States study. For this new edition, we have added more policy variables (such as bans on trans fats and the audio recording of police, Massachusetts’s individual health-insurance mandate, and mandated family leave), improved existing measures (such as those for fiscal policies, workers’ compensation regulations, and asset-forfeiture rules), and developed specific policy prescriptions for each of the 50 states based on our data and a survey of state policy experts. With a consistent time series, we are also able to discover for the first time which states have improved and worsened in regard to freedom recently.

http://mercatus.org/freedom-50-states-2011

pyackog
06-16-2011, 09:54 AM
Looks like New Hampshire takes "Live Free or Die" pretty seriously.

Gingersnap
06-16-2011, 10:14 AM
I'm sad that Coloado is only in 7th place. :(

NJCardFan
06-16-2011, 10:17 AM
NJ is 49. Not surprised.

Rebel Yell
06-16-2011, 11:02 AM
New Hampshire's gun laws and gay marriage put it on top.

Arroyo_Doble
06-16-2011, 11:07 AM
Anarchy is freedom.

Arroyo_Doble
06-16-2011, 11:11 AM
Looks like New Hampshire takes "Live Free or Die" pretty seriously.

Perhaps they took the "live frugally" concept to its logical conclusion.

noonwitch
06-16-2011, 11:17 AM
Michigan is higher at 27 than I thought it would be.

Articulate_Ape
06-16-2011, 11:58 AM
NJ is 49. Not surprised.

Neither am I. Imagine that I moved here from NH.

Bailey
06-16-2011, 12:20 PM
Neither am I. Imagine that I moved here from NH.

is it true you can strap a gun on your hip?(open carry) Man I wish I could do it here where I work .

Articulate_Ape
06-16-2011, 01:41 PM
is it true you can strap a gun on your hip?(open carry) Man I wish I could do it here where I work .

I'm pretty sure you still can. No sales tax, state income tax, etc. And yeah, they mean what the state motto says.

CueSi
06-16-2011, 02:01 PM
Sweet. Fl still is in the top 20. :) The only state ranked higher I'd live in would be Nevada.

~QC

fettpett
06-17-2011, 11:02 AM
Michigan is higher at 27 than I thought it would be.

right...I think the only reason Wisconsin is higher is due to the Walker bill

fettpett
06-17-2011, 11:04 AM
is it true you can strap a gun on your hip?(open carry) Man I wish I could do it here where I work .

there are a lot of states that allow Open Carry