Freedom Across the Fruited Plain: A Study

by Ryan on March 17, 2009

in Anything Else,Blogs,Economy,Tyranny

Freedom!!!  We love it, we cherish it, we want to spread it!  Well, of course we do, we’re Americans and (at least on this site) conservatives too.

However, as Nicole Russell writing for the American Spectator points out, not all states are created equal when it comes to securing people’s freedom.  She cites a George Mason University study “Freedom in the Fifty States” which is a comprehensive look [pdf] at all 50 states and ranks them based on their levels of fiscal, regulatory, economic, and personal freedom.  It’s a neat study, still a bit subjective, but kind of fun since many Blue States (and some Purple ones) come across like the Peoples’ Republics that they are or may soon be.

Here’s how my home state of Rhode Island ranks:  Fiscal policy, 41st; Regulatory policy, 48th; Economic policy, 42nd; and finally Personal Freedoms, 47th.  Wow!  Glad I moved out of there! 

But what about New Jersey:  Fiscal, 43rd; Regulatory, 49th; Economic, 46th; Personal, 45th.  Ugh.  I heard NJ used to be a nice place back in the 1980s!  New York scores 50th, 44th, 50th, and 48th in the categories, respectively.  Not a junta yet, but give it time.  Check out the study;  it’s interesting and probably accurate if you ask those who live there — it’s certainly spot on with RI and NJ!

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Randy March 17, 2009 at 7:52 pm

The data for this study were collected before the ’06/’08 election cycles when Colorado began to and then turned blue. The state is becoming anti-business, actively seeks ways to circumvent TABOR constraints, and generally is trying to become the eastern border of California.

Income taxes remain low, as is the state sales tax. However, many municipalities have increased their portion of sales taxes to the ceiling. Colorado Springs, for example, is 7.2 percent. Property taxes continue to rise thr0ugh mil levy overrides and the counties are not inclined to grant reassessments deu to appeals of taxable value on homes/land. My own assessment has increased over 20 percent the past two years while my home has lost nearly 35 percent in market value. Surprisingly, El Paso County sees no conflict there.

Still, it was good while it lasted. Time to move to NH or Alaska!


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