New York Ranks Dead Last in Freedoms; 8 Out of 10 Worst States for Freedom Are Blue
March 29, 2013  //  By:   //  2012 Election, New York  //  6 Comments   //   1050 Views

Burdensome taxes and regulations, further taxes disguised as fees, and a reputation as a nanny state have finally reaped rewards for New York State:  They’ve been heralded by a George Mason University study as the worst state in the nation for such things as fiscal, regulatory, and personal freedoms.

Here are the final rankings:

Fiscal Freedom – 50th

Regulatory Freedom – 47th

Personal Freedom – 48th

Overall Freedom – 50th

Via the New York Post:

New York’s big government — with its hands deep in taxpayers’ pockets and regulations controlling everyone’s lives — has made the Empire State the worst in the nation for personal liberty, a new study shows.

A war on sugary drinks is the least of freedom-loving New Yorkers’ worries, according a report by George Mason University, which rated the state No. 50 for the level of freedom its residents enjoy.

The university found New York’s government slams citizens from every angle — from huge taxes to tight controls on business to myriad rules on all kinds of fun.

“New York has, by a wide margin, the highest taxes in the country,” the report found.

Perhaps more interesting is that, when cross-referencing from the 2012 electoral map, 8 of the 10 states ranked as having the least freedom for its citizens are “blue” or Democrat states.

Conversely, 8 out of the top 10 states for freedom lovers are “red” or Republican states.

About the Author :

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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