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Freedom in the 50 States; An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom
Mercatus Center, George Mason University ^ | June 7, 2011 | Jason Sorens, William Ruger

Posted on 06/17/2011 5:27:30 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084

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.

This project develops an index of economic and personal freedom in the American states. Specifically, it examines state and local government intervention across a wide range of public policies, from income taxation to gun control, from homeschooling regulation to drug policy.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Alabama; US: Alaska; US: Arizona; US: Arkansas; US: California; US: Colorado; US: Connecticut; US: Delaware; US: District of Columbia; US: Florida; US: Georgia; US: Hawaii; US: Idaho; US: Illinois; US: Indiana; US: Iowa; US: Kansas; US: Kentucky; US: Louisiana; US: Maine; US: Maryland; US: Massachusetts; US: Michigan; US: Minnesota; US: Mississippi; US: Missouri; US: Montana; US: Nebraska; US: Nevada; US: New Hampshire; US: New Jersey; US: New Mexico; US: New York; US: North Carolina; US: North Dakota; US: Ohio; US: Oklahoma; US: Oregon; US: Pennsylvania; US: Rhode Island; US: South Carolina; US: South Dakota; US: Tennessee; US: Texas; US: Utah; US: Vermont; US: Virginia; US: Washington; US: West Virginia; US: Wisconsin; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: freedom; fsp; lping
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To: Eska

You must be living near Circle?

I’m over the line in Dawson

41 posted on 06/18/2011 10:43:04 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse (Obama; a skid mark on the undershorts of American history.)
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To: FightforFreedomCA
Yeah! Way to go California! “We’re not last...we’re not last..” yeesh...

Thanks. Nothing like some gallows humor to brighten my morning.

42 posted on 06/18/2011 10:47:36 AM PDT by giotto
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To: nkycincinnatikid
....that this attempt to quantify liberty is by... “a LIBERTARIAN think tank”


43 posted on 06/18/2011 10:50:17 AM PDT by giotto
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To: giotto
Libertarian think tank? Yes. See the report where they cite one of their favorite books
Anarchy, State, and Utopia by Robert Nozick

44 posted on 06/18/2011 1:31:58 PM PDT by Aroostook25
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To: Cuttnhorse
WE're in Eagle, downriver from you all.

Actually, I know a few people up in Dawson and the boy is working for queen over summer, home from UAF; he likes Dawson. I mostly know Indians from up there who have relatives down here. Big Mike, often stays over our place, and I know Chris Janus, and bunch of other ones from Mayo to Old Crow. One time Sarah Lee stopped at our house, I talked hockey with that girl for hours, ha.

I actually send up 500 lbs tatoes every sept with Big Mike and he gets them around.

You been in Dawson a long time?

45 posted on 06/18/2011 2:41:45 PM PDT by Eska
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To: giotto

are not
not lesbians,
not lactose interants,
in point of fact they are
they propose that legalising freedom might actually work.
They accept the Scriptures to my knowledge, which is of course intolerable to “freedom lovers” today .
And they seem to to think that beyond that abusers of liberty,freedom will fail in a free society.
I can’t say if it will work,
I don’t think that it has ever been triedin fact.
MY freekin point was the poster posted a constuct of the opinion of libertarians and felt OBLIGATED to postscipt a caveat that they might actually believe what they profess to believe in.

46 posted on 06/18/2011 6:07:34 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: nkycincinnatikid

Just because it has liberty in the name doesn’t mean its aims lead to the most liberty. For example, the majority of libertarians are pro-aborts and that’s the official position of their party, but turning little kids into medical waste is murder, not liberty.

47 posted on 06/18/2011 8:06:40 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Anyone who says we need illegals to do the jobs Americans won't do has never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: Eric Blair 2084


Thanks for the ping! This country is far down the slippery slope to losing our freedom.

48 posted on 06/19/2011 6:47:18 PM PDT by callisto (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This is absurd - MD was the WORST last year (or the year before; it may’ve been that long).

Harumph! What do you mean, WE’RE not worst?

BTW - how about the Enviro-mental fascist indoctrination in MD schools today? Maybe that doesn’t count as “freedom-sapping”; I just see it as indoctrination typical of fascio-commie states.

49 posted on 06/22/2011 5:48:17 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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