The Cato Institute as soon as once more ranked New York as the least free state in the nation primarily based on the rankings of private and financial freedoms.
In November, the libertarian think-tank launched the newest version of its “Freedom in the 50 States” examine analyzing states alongside 230 totally different metrics ranging “from taxation to debt, eminent domain laws to occupational licensing, and drug policy to educational choice,” in accordance to its web site.
Based on “crushing” state and native taxes and its excessive regulatory setting, the report concluded that not solely has New York remained low in freedoms, however it’s unlikely to rise any time quickly.
“New York has been the least free state in the country for a long time. In fact, the Empire State has been the worst state for freedom in every year since our data set began in 2000. Economic freedom is the most significant weakness and is continuing to get worse absolutely,” the evaluation learn.
The state did keep larger rankings below particular “personal freedoms,” rating ninth in “incarceration,” sixteenth below “cannabis” rules and twentieth in “marriage freedom.” However, different private freedoms corresponding to “gun rights” (#42) and “tobacco” (#49) nonetheless ranked low.
New York was similarly ranked as the least free state in the nation again in 2021 with the report particularly calling out its progressive stances.
“Economic freedom is the most significant weakness, but the state has not kept up with the rest of the country on personal freedom either. It belies the ‘blue’ state stereotype in that it is No. 50 on economic freedom and personal freedom,” the 2021 report learn.
New Hampshire was as soon as once more ranked the freest state, narrowly overtaking Florida, which ranks second.
“New Hampshire grabs the top spot overall because it does well in both economic freedom (first) and personal freedom (fourth), something that is also true of number-four state Nevada but is not so much the case with Florida, which does great on economic freedom but is only 22nd on personal freedom,” the report learn.
The Cato Institute additionally supplied recommendation on how New York can enhance its rankings.
“Spending is high in many categories; cut it across the board. Cut all taxes and pay down debt. Abolish the housing anchor that is rent control. At least free the moving companies that help empty and fill the housing that does exist by getting rid of certificate-of-need laws. Slash cigarette taxes, which are so high as to be almost tantamount to prohibition,” the report learn.
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