Friday, June 17, 2011

Land Of The Free? Not In NY, NJ, NM, California

It might be the ‘Land of the Free’, but some states certainly aren’t living up to the words of America’s national anthem.

New York, New Jersey, New Mexico and California are the least free in the U.S., based on an index of public policies affecting your individual freedoms.

The rankings are based on economic, social and personal freedoms of Americans - and include measures such as taxes, government spending, regulations and laws affecting gun rights. 

Oklahoma ranks among the states where citizens are (al)most free. Indiana is among states that are most free, along with New Hampshire and South Dakota, according to Virginia think tank the Mercatus Center.

New York is by far the least free state and has had ‘the most interstate emigration of any state over the last decade’, the 'Freedom in the 50 States' report said.

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