The John Locke Foundation recently released their First in Freedom Index measuring which American states are the freest in the land. The foundation determined their rankings first by fiscal policy – balancing taxes and spending — then by education, regulations, and finally healthcare. What they found might surprise some folks, but not conservatives. The five freest states in the nation are all Republican led and Republican voting states. They are in order from most free – Florida, Arizona, Indiana, South Dakota and Georgia. Meanwhile the five least free states are either Democrat or states with strong Democrat influences, in order from least free – New York, New Jersey, California, West Virginia and Kentucky.
While West Virginia and Kentucky may strike you as “GOP” states (true in national elections), they actually have strong Democrat support at the state level. In fact, West Virginia and Kentucky’s local economies have been ruined (and are just now starting to rebound) after decades of Democrat leadership and Union control.
How about the freest (and least free) states in the individual categories:
- The most fiscally free states are: South Dakota, Wyoming, Nevada, Texas, and Florida.
- The most educationally free states are: Florida, Arizona, Indiana, Georgia, and Louisiana.
- The states most free from regulation are: Iowa, Georgia, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Vermont.
- The states most free in health-care choice are: Idaho, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and Indiana.
To see other interesting notes from the Study, continue reading this story by Onan Coca at EagleRising.
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