Theodore's World: State of New York ranks dead last in personal freedom

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March 30, 2013

State of New York ranks dead last in personal freedom

New York is the Nanny State with the least freedoms: national study

State ranks dead last in personal freedom

NY 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.

The study cited New York state’s 14 percent income tax, well above the national average.

New York is also the most indebted state, with 33 percent of income dedicated to borrowing in fiscal year 2010, the report said.

The Empire State ranked poorly for its heavy-handed economic regulations. For example, the report flunked New York’s rent-control laws, claiming it dampened economic development.

Labor rules that include forcing government workers to pay union dues were also cited as a drag on the state.

The study also found that New York has extensive health-insurance rules that inflate costs.

New York’s gun-control laws were deemed “extremely restrictive” — even before Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature passed tougher controls this year.

The limits on freedom are driving people away, the report’s creators said.

“New York is by far the least free state in the nation. It is therefore no surprise that New York residents have been heading for the exits: 9 percent of the state’s 2000 population, on net, left the state for another state between 2000 and 2011 — the highest such figure in the nation,” the study by George Mason’s libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center found.

Wild Thing's comment..................

Thanks to Democrats.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 30, 2013 12:55 AM


HMMM-Gov. Andrew Coumo. Mayor Bloomburg. Sen. Chuckie Schumer. Anthoney Weiner, the next mayor of NYC. The State of New York has a tradition of non-freedom going way back. Remember "Progressive" Republican Fmr. Gov. Nelson Rockefeller ? Welcome to California with less appealing weather. Will the last productive person to leave...

Posted by: Willy at April 1, 2013 11:36 AM