Missouri Ranks 5th in personal and economic freedom

Here’s an interesting column from George Mason University.

Freedom in the 50 States

    An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom
    Jason Sorens, William Ruger | June 7, 2011

    Executive Summary

    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.

    The entire study can be downloaded in .pdf form.  But the info can be condensed into this ranking.

                                
     
    State Freedom Rankings

    Interesting isn’t it?  The Red states at the top, the bluest of the blue states at the bottom.  If I remember correctly, this study has been conducted for a number of years and each year bears the same, well mostly the same with a little reshuffling, results.
     

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