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Which States are the Most Free? This Map Shows Americans Where to Live If They Crave Liberty

The John Locke Foundation, a North Carolinian think tank, created an index to rate the freedom of individual states. The ratings were determined by giving 50% weight to fiscal policy (a measure of taxation and budget policy), 20% to educational policy, 20% to regulatory policy, and 10% to health care policy:

  • The most free states in order from most free to 5th most free are: Florida, Arizona, Indiana, South Dakota, and Georgia.
  • The least free states in order from worst to 5th worse are: New York, New Jersey, California, West Virginia, and Kentucky.
  • 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.

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Source: John Locke Foundation, “First in Freedom Index,” February 2015.

 

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Robert
3 months 25 days ago

New Jersey just below New York? New Jersey has been so messed up for so long, there is no end to this dark tunnel. Along with horrible Governors, sadly to say I voted for some of them, we are stuck with a legislature that are only looking out for themselves and think finding a state bird is more important that getting rid of corruption in this state. Of course if they did get rid of corruption, they would all be out of work. Sometime I wonder why I vote.

John
4 months 29 days ago

Good old New York State…..Dead last again. Good thing that incompetent dictator Cuomo is really turning things around.

Robert
3 months 25 days ago

Could be worse. You could live in New Jersey

John Overington
5 months 8 days ago

Now that West Virginia has passed Right to Work or Workplace Freedom we ought to improve by a few places.

Carol Himes
5 months 3 days ago

True. Thanks!

Stephen
5 months 11 days ago

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You’re right but who is counting the cost?

K Marvel
5 months 12 days ago

Charles L – I can’t disagree with anything you’ve just said.

Gerald Courtney
5 months 12 days ago

I live in Florida 27 years, and I don’t know about the assessment for this state. But of all the states listed, Delaware is not shown? MD is a lousy Democratic one and heavily taxed.

Thanks

Jenifer
2 months 29 days ago

Delaware is #22 – isn’t it?

Bill
5 months 12 days ago

You are off your freaking rocker, I live in Florida, you can’t have a business without a hundred licenses, you can not DO ANYTHING on your home without permits and everybody’s permission. This is one of the LEAST FREE states, get your head out and try some reality.

Pete
5 months 12 days ago

You’re going to have to comply with local zoning regulations almost anywhere and it’s a good thing that consumers are protected from unlicensed businesses. So yeah, Florida has normal regulations and restrictions on both businesses and homeowners. I live in Florida too. I just have to guess, relative to other states, Florida has fewer restrictions. For that, we should be grateful. Have you lived in other states to be able to compare?

James
3 months 13 days ago

Governmental rotections are mostly a racket. Lookup voluntaryism.

Carl Darnell
5 months 12 days ago

I was amazed that Ky is 5th most regulated state. I live in Ky and am interested how you arrive at the placing of the states in the regulated list.

Stephen Hare
5 months 13 days ago

Thank God I’m a Floridian, I just hope the Liberals from the Northeast don’t move down and start asking for handouts. Americans need to wake up and understand what debt, like our national debt of 17 trillions dollars really means, because it will take US A!! down, irregardless of what state we live. Socialism will absolutely lower the standard for everyone, then no-one will thrive. Good fascial policies aren’t a good idea, they are the only way to survive & thrive. Spend less then you make and it will set you Free, indeed.

Craig
5 months 11 days ago

Irregardless isn’t a word. You were looking for regardless.

Fred Flintstone
3 months 29 days ago

We don’t need GRAMMARIANS. Just comment on what was said.

D OROTHY
5 months 13 days ago

THAT WAS THE VERY FIRST TIME I POSTED A COMMENT.

Dorothy
5 months 13 days ago

LOOKS LIKE MARYLAND IS NOT FREE IN ANY CATEGORY

Paul Lindstrom
5 months 14 days ago

I can live anywhere i choose, but I live here; I love my life
and choose to live here……

Mark Blackburn
5 months 14 days ago

This is a real jewel! I wish, however, that it had weighted civil liberties, too (such things as are you free to ride a motorcycle as God intended, or are you free to wear a sidearm, or are you free to make love to your wife or partner without getting permission or going to jail, or grow native plants in your yard, etc.). Still, as a proxy for civil liberty, this chart is probably not too far off, and the economic freedom component is valuable. I’m having a little trouble understanding what educational freedom is. Is that the ability of parents to have a voice in how their children are educated and whether they must be subjected to mandatory mercury poisoning prior to entering government schools, or parents’ ease of educating their children in a nurturing home environment rather than in a statist facility?

Trudy
5 months 14 days ago
So am I the only one who was raised with the “don’t talk religion or politics” credo! People, lets all take a breath. We still live (though some days it may not seem like it) in the most amazing country on this planet. We have our problems and we need to address them, but we will never solve them if our hands are around each others throats instead of on the issues. We have allowed the politicians (on both sides) to herd us into camps and label us “left wing nuts” or “right wing extremist” which allows them to ignore and demean all Americans. Think long and hard before you vote this election – not about what “free” stuff you are being promised but about what is in our collective best interest. Boarders, language and culture are not just talking points, they are the very fabric of what makes this… Read more »
Robert
3 months 25 days ago

Trudy; As an “Independent” don’t you loose your “Primary” vote? Now you are stuck with the choice of what the DemReps have chosen.

Terry
5 months 13 days ago

Trudy, isn’t what’s best for us all less government, and more liberty? I for one don’t want any more government, and I’m working for less than we have now.

When looking for the best answer to a problem, putting government at the bottom of the list is usually very helpful.

Roy Hubbard
5 months 14 days ago
Unfortunately one can not register as anything other than as republican or a democrat in the state of Georgia. i have always registered as a Republican but I have voted both sides depending on who the candidate was. I will vote for whoever the republican party puts forward this time. The party of Roosevelt has disappeared. I think perhaps John Kennedy may have been the last of it. I am military retired from two branches of the service, the US Coast Guard and US Army Special Forces. I am also a naturalist and a conservationist. My greatest fear of the Republican party is their lockstep attitude where nature is concerned. Georgia is republican and also a dumping ground for dirty industry. We are hell bent to destroy one of the most unique, valuable and sensitive places in the world, the hundreds of thousands of acres of estuaries represented by the… Read more »
Charles L.
5 months 14 days ago
There was a time when I voted for who I thought was the best person. I looked at the party affiliation as secondary. My preference was Republican, because that is what I am. But it didn’t stop me from voting for a non-Republican if the opportunity presented itself, especially in state elections. However, the Democratic Party has been hi-jacked by far Left loons, not Liberals, not moderates, but Left-loons. Because these radicals are so content with jamming thru what they want, without a worry of recognizing any Republican support, they are perfectly fine with Democrat-only legislation like Obama Care. So in the last few elections with the importance of majority blocks, I have had to resign myself to the fact, that I would have to vote Republican, regardless, in order to get a GOP majority, and knock loons like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi out of the leadership positions. Democrats… Read more »
K Marvel
5 months 12 days ago

The Republican Party left me a long time ago. I’ve voted on both sides when the opportunity presented me with the best candidate on the issues. I have to determine my politics because I hold a publicly voted on position. I hope the American people wake up to what is happening to our Country. I’m sorry, but if Washington doesn’t change with the coming election, I’m afraid we’ll be doomed to worse than we now have. WAKE UP AMERICA!

Charles L.
5 months 12 days ago

Washington changing is very unlikely. The people are going to have to change who they vote for, to make Washington change. That means they are going to have to stop being low information voters relying on entertainment shows to form their opinions. Don’t take political advice from Ellen, Whoopi, Colbert, and the like. Do your homework, learn your history, Constitutional law and civics. Unfortunately, we are not going to see that happening. The man, or woman, you meet on the street, doesn’t even know who the vice-president is, what state borders their home state, what time period Abe Lincoln lived in, etc. Mainstream Blacks will vote Democrat because they are supposed to. Republicans will be called racist, Conservatives will be called Neanderthal. If the people don’t change, Washington can’t change. It is very sad.

realist
5 months 15 days ago

California at one time was truly a great state until it was hijacked by a corrupt bunch of low-lifes known as the democrat party.`

Ralph
5 months 15 days ago

Steve, unfortunately they would probably be to stupid to take your miracle cure. Keep trying, though.

steve
5 months 15 days ago

I live in the Socialist State of Maryland, Land of regulation and MORONS. Most in this State use Obama math 2+2=22 to balance their check books and if there is checks in the book there must be money in the account!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I could develop a pill for STUPID, I would make a fortune in this State.

M. Hanson
5 months 15 days ago

We get called hicks and the like, but we are living in state #3.

Shirley
5 months 15 days ago

I am proud to live in state 5. If I understand this correctly the major success and/ or failure is States Rights. When a state gives up power to Federal involvement it’s usually a bad idea!

John D
5 months 15 days ago

I am from State 12, and my significant other is from State 35. We now live in State 46 while in retirement, but looking for a move to State 7.
What could be wrong with that?

Tim Jeandrevin
5 months 15 days ago

I find it EXTREMELY sad there is a difference in ANY state compared to any other! This is supposed to be “the land of the free”! We are supposed to have “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!

Jennifer G
5 months 15 days ago

Wow…you people scare me. It’s no wonder this country is in such bad shape when this is the kind of hostility that is displayed by our citizens.

lce
5 months 15 days ago

I don’t understand why reporting facts is considered hostile. Writing “you people” is rather divisive in itself.

Part of the point, is that this country is the united STATES. We aren’t supposed to all be exactly the same. Some things are more important to people, and this type of reporting shows the differences that people can use to make choices.

Al M
5 months 15 days ago

It is sad Jennifer. You’ll see standard polarizing tactics here: namecalling (dumbacrat, libtard, etc.), juxtaposition of fact with negative labels like commie, etc. But that’s the way it is. Focus elsewhere, I guess.

Ralph
5 months 15 days ago

Al what fact have been juxtaposed? You and Jennifer don’t like it when you are faced with facts. Just what have the democrats done in the last 7 years. Pleased don’t blame it on Bush, or republican obstruction! Remember he has a pen and cell phone

Al M
5 months 16 days ago

I don’t know exactly how the John Locke Foundation defines “freedom,” but whatever it is, it seems to have some very negative effects. Their five most “educationally free” states (Florida, Arizona, Indiana, Georgia and Louisiana) are ranked by Education Week #32, 46, 25, 37, and 47 in the US. They’re ranked #26, 48, 22, 35, and 43 by WalletHub. Sounds like “freedom” means “we don’t have much of it.”
Similarly, the Foundation ranks Idaho, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and Indiana as the most free in health care choices. I would seem that’s not working too well either: the American Public Health Association rates those states as #17, 19, 7, 25, and 41.
Makes me wonder just what “freedom” buys you. Based on other comments I see here, it clearly buys some of you the right to call me a Commie and ignore the arguments I state.

jeff benson
5 months 16 days ago

Ha! A magazine put out by educrats (fascists actually) is of course going to attack any state that allows homeschooling. Education Week. LOL! A government loving union publication if there ever was one.

J Howard
5 months 16 days ago
So Al what to YOU think of as freedom? I moved to Florida from Oregon and even though I started out with a job that paid less per hour then what I left behind in Oregon it was like getting a raise because of no State taxes! Also that rating on education is a non starter for me, those are left leaning institutions who rated them and I wouldn’t except one word out of them even if they told me my own name I’d check my birth certificate just to be sure? Also in Idaho (also a place I have lived) WHAT isn’t working out so well about health care in that State? I know for a fact services cost less there so how is it the fact you can actually afford to pay for it that has you all bent out of shape? I’d like to know what your… Read more »
Ralph
5 months 16 days ago
Earl if you had read all of my comments, if you can read, (maybe someone at your nursing home is reading it to you) you would see that I completely addressed all of your commie comments. Please continue to confirm my observations of you, about attacking the enemy” as outlined in your copy of Karl Marx, “communist manifesto”. Old Earl how old are you really, and do you belong to AMAC? Are you a student out there at one of the commie university’s propaganda centers? If you really are as old as you would like us to think, you are one of the dummies condemned to repeat history as taught to you by your commie professors because you have learned nothing in your life. If you are young you can be excused. Churchill said when we are young we can be liberals, but if we have learned nothing (being a… Read more »
Robert
3 months 25 days ago

Is it necessary to get personal?

Elizabeth
5 months 16 days ago

What is your problem? You made your comments because you have that FREEDOM still left to you. Just because someone else doesn’t agree with you and that’s their FREEDOM, you go off like some idiot calling someone, whom you have no idea who they are or what their situation in life has been, all kinds of names. My turn. I just bet your parents and their parents only voted republican in their entire lives and you’re following in their footsteps. Take my advice or not but here it is, neither being a republican or a democrat makes the man/woman fit for office. You’d better think long and hard before you push a button, pull a lever or write in a name about the person you are getting ready to vote for or your FREEDOM as you know it and as you stated fought for just may be taken away.

Marilybn
5 months 15 days ago

You should have followed your voting advice before you voted last time and we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in. One thing you are right about – it’s not democrat or republican – it’s the platform. Vote democratic this election and we are all doomed.

Ralph
5 months 16 days ago
Elizabeth, maybe voting dumbacrat makes you feel all warm and fuzzy because of all the BS they spew, about womens rights, and lgbt, and saving the poor and homeless, but maybe you should take another look also. Obama had seven years and for a while had a dumbocrat senate, and congress. Why did he not do all of the dumbacrat platforms then????? It’s all about power for the people in power, Elizabeth, not for the well being of the common man. FDR started the stupidity with Social Security and along the way screwed up health insurance, as a sop to his union buddies. Check that out. LBJ continued it with his great society, (quote, we will have generations of voters if we pass this bill) check that out. Earl the red never denied anything I said. It doesn’t matter who my parents voted for, since they have passed away and… Read more »
Norm S
5 months 16 days ago

What were the criteria used to generate these ratings?

Arizona Sage
5 months 16 days ago

I would add that Arizona rated number 2 is reasonable. However, Florida as number 1 in “freedom” is absolutely ridiculous.

Arizona Sage
5 months 16 days ago

This rating like most statistics always leave out important variables. Where do the majority of citizens in those states feel freest from always more oppressive government, should be in there.

Protests too much.
5 months 16 days ago

Protests too much. Why does Florida frighten you, Arizona?

Arizona Sage
5 months 15 days ago

By your sign on name (reply to protests) I sense you are merely looking to be disputatious. But I’ll play along once. How would my comment infer being “frightened” of Florida?

ken
5 months 16 days ago

A world of wealthy, peaceful ‪#‎libertarian‬-direction sister Floridas? ‪#‎SMILE‬ ‪#‎Florida‬ is the libertarian-driven model for #libertarian replication in every country who’ve brought direct democracy amending the Constitution, county autonomy, no income tax/real estate tax for middle class homes, ‪#‎homeschool‬ autonomy, the first easy concealed-carry gun law, enterprise zones, partial and soon full ‪#‎pot‬ legalization, ‪#‎green‬ and ‪#‎privatization‬ policies , high local/ condominium (horizontal association) autonomy, equal treatment for all political parties, more ‪#‎LIOFriend‬ and pro-libertarians in local public office than anywhere (and more pro-libertarians), etc. They even have their own embassy in Washington DC symbolic of their autonomy spirit, and hosted the first ‪#‎100YrStarship‬ conference with NASA. More to come!
https://www.facebook.com/LibertarianInternationalOrganization/

David
5 months 16 days ago

Ralph’s remarks are right on.

Gus
5 months 16 days ago

This is a load of garbage. A 50% weighting for fiscal policy and 20% weighting for regulatory policy? It should be the other way around.

Bob
5 months 16 days ago

go to South Dakota

Gus
5 months 16 days ago

It’s #1 on my list of places I’d like to move to, but my point is that regulatory policies should have a higher rating than fiscal policies when the discussion is about “states that are the most free.”

Ralph
5 months 16 days ago
You know what Earl? I spent 4 years of my life in the military fighting communism and it still disgusts me. I am sick to death of people like you whining and crying about how they never get enough from the their fellow taxpayer, but then the bridges and roads are all falling apart. Did you take math in school? More Americans are now on welfare or working for the government than are in the private work sector. How is that supposed to work without the stupid dumbacrat theory of tax the rich? What happens when we tax them into poverty for you? We borrow more from the red chinese? I am 68 and still work but I don’t resent the wealthy ornsit around on my handsncrying about it. Get off your dumb ass and get some kind of a job if you are rotting away in poverty! You and… Read more »
III%er
5 months 15 days ago

I’m younger than you Ralph, but you said exactly what I was thinking. It’s unfortunate, but we now have an entire generation of under-educated, selfish, lazy, self-entitled, morons with the morals of alley cats and the belief that work is what someone else does to support them and their morally debased lifestyles. This is the result of decades of socialist subversion being allowed to chip away at the foundation of America. It turns out Joe McCarthy was right after all…

Ralph
5 months 15 days ago

God bless you, III0/0er. It is sad that political correctness continues to make some of us have to learn the hard way. Our children and grandchildren are going to pay for this stupidity!

Steve Armstrong
5 months 16 days ago

As long as our property is taxed we are not truly free.

Robert
3 months 25 days ago

Your property is taxes for the services you receive from your township and state. What would you like to give up to lower your taxes? Better yet, what are you prepared to do to change what your township and state spend your taxes on? If your answer is ‘nothing’ to both of these questions, maybe it’s time to ask ‘What can I do?’ and look into exactly what you can do and get involved.

Melanie Clark
5 months 16 days ago

You are so right.

Donald Schmidt
5 months 16 days ago

Free is for those who don’t want to work and Illegal Immigrates. They go to the hospital get free medical care, go to school and get free education, go on welfare, get food stamps, get social security and don’t pay a dime.
So who is paying the hard working Citizens. There goes your freedom.
Is there a free state, only if the state doesn’t have free medical care, education, welfare, food stamps, and only has people who have worked to earn Social Security. So which state qualifies as a free state.

Doris b
5 months 16 days ago

Duh, not that kind of free. . They mean freedom. . Think liberty, not hand outs.

Donald S
5 months 14 days ago

The ratings were determined by giving 50% weight to fiscal policy (a measure of taxation and budget policy), 20% to educational policy, 20% to regulatory policy, and 10% to health care policy:
A measure of taxation and budget that’s the money you and I spend to give others free education, health care, food stamps, etc. This line refers to education, and health care. which I mentioned in my comment.
You and I must be reading the statements in the article differently.

Michael
5 months 16 days ago

I live in Kentucky now and I have lived in Georgia, don’t know how they did their rating but I don’t agree. Georgia is a police state in a lot of ways. As a matter of fact I would switch positions with Kentucky and Georgia!

Rob
5 months 15 days ago

I live in Georgia and have lived in Florida, I do not understand your statement that Georgia is a police state in a lot of ways, please elaborate.

Barbara Thomas
5 months 16 days ago

Free in what sense. Freedom at whose expense. I would say that in Indiana if you are a poor child in need of a good education, a teacher or school administrator, a person on welfare, a poor woman needing healthcare, a person needing mental healthcare, a person who wants to drive on safe roads and bridges, an LGBT person, a person killed by gun violence then you may consider some people’s freedom comes at your expense.

Ralph
5 months 16 days ago

You are another CRYBABY. Refer to my reply to Earl. Socialism and communism hav not worked any where in the world to the benefit of the common man. Why do you idiots still think you can make it work? How is it “fair” to take my hard earned money and spend it on your special interest project which I could care less about (lgbt)? What a bunch of dumbacrat horse s–t. Go to one of the workers paradise s Cuba, china etc, so you can really enjoy life and you can stop whining?

Old Earl
5 months 16 days ago

I have no idea what the hell you’re raving about. Did somebody tell you a scary story?

Ralph
5 months 16 days ago

Typical dumbacrat, Earl! Pretend like th other guy is an idiot. You and the rest of the socicoms ARE the scary story.

Old Earl
5 months 16 days ago

You don’t bother to address anything I actually say but you’re pretty good at burping up what you get from the radio. As a knee-jerk lefty with a permit to carry (I probably should have left that out – it’ll just confuse you), you would think I would have heard somebody mention these fantasies, cliches and myths you keep trotting out. No, the only time I hear any of that stuff brought up is by those of your ilk who like to carry the water for The Bosses and keep the fear and panic level at top notch. And trust me, when you toss words like “dumbocrat” and “libtard” around, it says a whole lot more about you than me. If you really think my side sits around and talks about “free stuff”, you have been fooled, hoodwinked, taken advantage of and you are more to be pitied than censured.

Ralph
5 months 16 days ago

No sense in addressing anything you say Earl, its the same old dumbAcrat line of BS. It doesn’t scare me that you carry, it should scare you, with your side being anti gun. I will continue to “burp up” and “carry the water” of the constitution of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” till the day I die. No one ever let me out of my oath to protect and defend it against all enemies, foreign and domestic! By the way, Earl, what DOES your side “sit around and talk about”??? More taxes, less police, and no military would be my guess, along with more “FREE STUFF” for you and your ilk, who do nothing but suck the rest of us dry! Take your commie crap to aarp, they love you, and thank you for continuing to prove my point.

Old Earl
5 months 16 days ago

Are you reading any of this, or do you just have some kind of attention disorder? Isn’t there some kind of caretaker screening your online time? Anyway, I hope everything works out for you there in the home and that you get an occasional chance to go outside at shake your fist at the helicopters.

Alex
5 months 16 days ago
I have a question; is there a magazine where progressives get their arguments? They all have the same. That poor poor persecuted LGBT community in America! They have no rights. Why don’t you see what their doing to the LGBT community in Islamist run countries? Much less what they do to women in those countries. Of course you won’t, because it is politically incorrect and not in the narrative of wherever progressives get their talking points. In fact, give us a comparable country (not a country with a population of one million, like Lichtenstein) where the persecuted LGBT community have it better. And infrastructure? Give me a break. That has been the progressive’s argument since FDR for raising taxes. All these poor people getting shot? Do something in the community (tax free) to stop dads running out on their kids (another epidemic caused by progressive policies). Healthcare issues? Didn’t the… Read more »
Old Earl
5 months 16 days ago

Equality. Safe bridges, safe roads and reliable grids. Security against violence. An educated and healthy citizenry. Why are these thoughts so radical and threatening? Does government have no place other than to manage war? Is there anything more important to you than money? In this country, government is managed, or mismanaged, by those we elect to it. Whether it is managed in the interest of Barbara and myself or in the interest of a relative handful of the most privileged and wealthy is, in the end, the choice of the majority. Or in the case of G. W. Bush, the choice of his brother and The Supreme Court. And can’t you please find something other than the hackneyed and mythical “utopian delusion”? Maybe you’re still convinced but it’s not selling out here in the real world.

Freedom fighter
5 months 16 days ago

Hey, Earl, Obama has opened up relations with Cuba. Maybe you go and live your “utopian” lifestyle there.

Melanie Clark
5 months 16 days ago

Relations with a Communist nation is a good thing?

Ralph
5 months 16 days ago

Obama had seven years why didn’t he do it. Not enough left over after obamacare and other “free” stuff? Same old dumbacrat bulls–t!

Alex
5 months 16 days ago

The ol’ Bush argument, as if Obama hasn’t been president the last 7+ years. They both suck. Which proves my point; letting the federal government control anything leads to tyranny. I don’t care what party they belong to. They need to stay out of (the overused argument) infrastructure, education, economy, healthcare, etc. Its just a good ol’ boy network of payoffs. Brainwashed progressives will continually bring up the false Haliburton conspiracy, and never a peep about the tax dollars wasted at Solyndra. Get the lobbyists out of Washington, and get Washington out of our lives.

Doris b
5 months 16 days ago

Look up the true definition of the word ‘radical’

Old Earl
5 months 16 days ago

I did. And only one of the definitions implies extremism. That’s the one I meant but I could have left it out and conveyed the same sentiment. Please don’t make me look up “sentiment”.

Anita Smith
5 months 16 days ago

It is obvious that none of them live in Florida. The tourist economy makes it difficult to make a decent living. U out are as list required to have two jobs just to make ends meet. Th e e is no state tax but the highway system is comprised of toll roads that are getting more costly each year. Our state government system is in bed with the energy special interest groups. So Floridians that want to install solar panels are being penalized for wanting to participate in clean energy. Don’t believe the hype about Florida being free, the state enslaved it’s occupants in nickel and dime taxes.

Dee
5 months 16 days ago

Just ask my sister about living in Florida under Jeb Bush. Forget about getting help if you are disabled and in need. All help goes to the illegals and such. No income tax, but they tax you on everything else. You have not choice for insurances, you must have. You cannot pick or choose an electric or gas company as there is a monopoly with just a few. So not so free after all.

Lucy Rice
5 months 16 days ago

Anita, I grew up in Florida. I disagree about its rating on the freedom list too. I read about the couple in Fl who has lived off the grid for some time, until they got attention when a journalist did a story on them. The powers that be eventually condemned the property, because they were off the grid. I think the family took them to court. I have forgotten the details and and will try to find the case. Anyway, you can’t live peacefully off the grid there. I live in Georgia now, have been for some yrs now. I think their rating is valid….

Anita Smith
5 months 16 days ago

My phone and auto correct. Sorry guys. I will proof read next time I go on a rant. But the first part was about low income jobs because of the tourist economy in Florida. You are practically required to have two jobs to make ends meet.

Anna Johnson
5 months 17 days ago

With the convention of states and the move to abolish dark money their is a glimmer of hope. We must have people in Washington who uphold the constitution. We don’t have that in Washington at the present time.

Howard Last
5 months 16 days ago

Anna, read Section V, who controls the convention? Why Congress the same bunch of crooks and/or mental midgets who got us into this mess. The Convention could throw out the Constitution. Then there is the Balanced Budget Amendment. Two questions. The politicians don’t follow the Constitution now why would they follow an additional amendment? If the budget is not balanced will the Supremes order a tax increase?

Lucy Rice
5 months 16 days ago

That is so true, Anna. If the Establishment Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee can shape and bribe the election as they are trying to do,we still won’t have the Washington we need.

Dee
5 months 16 days ago
Lucy and Anna we haven’t had a group in Washington except for a select few who are willing to uphold the Constitution as written and not making it a fluid document. With the death of Scalia, I fear that we will get a Judge that will like Ginsberg change the meaning of the Constitution as we know it into something not worth the paper it printed on. All rights will be stripped. No wiggle room there with the liberal court. This country has already been changed in 7 years into something I do not recognize. So what do we want? A country where everyone is equal in pain and misery or a country where the individual can still work hard and become something. Give all your income to the government to do with as they wish, which right now they can’t manage t e Post Office to stay in the… Read more »
N knows
5 months 17 days ago

Intetesting

Bryan
5 months 17 days ago
This is exactly why we need to return to the Constitution and allow each State to direct its own destiny. Then all the freeloaders can move to the states with all the giveaway programs which can be paid for by their very caring socially progressive left wing social voters. Then those states who choose freedom with the attendant responsibility it puts on each individual and refuse the social giveaways will lose all the freeloaders rapidly. That way both the blue and red or left and right or commits or fascists can have a state that votes and lives just like them! It is perfect. Just get the damn Federal government out of our state because all they do is prevent us from doing what we want from 2500 miles away. Border problem? The Feds under Der Puppet dictate what we can do with OUR border? Get the hell out of… Read more »
Dee
5 months 16 days ago

Please don’t send us your freeloaders to NY we have enough of our own thanks to Democratic Mayor and Governor. We are doomed here.

joe
5 months 17 days ago

are you talking about the state’s border or the country’s border?

Big Buck
5 months 17 days ago

When we get another McCarthy and untill we take back the Fed Reserve Bank, Which is a Private corporation
since 1914 and has been driving our nation into current debt of Bankruptcy. In the matters of money the
Federal Reserve directs them. Not any body we elect. Its just that more of them From the Right trys to
fight for us little guys, trying to cut taxes sometime.

Lucy Rice
5 months 16 days ago

You,re right about the Federal Reserve. The whole central bank system is the tool by which the Elites try to keep us enslaved. That and their corporate lobby partners in Congress. Ron Paul has it right.

Dr Quail
5 months 17 days ago

I live in California, in the middle of the state which is already Balkanized by the enviros and illegals. I want to leave this state but am unable to convince the wife to leave. I am seriously thinking of Divorce after 20yrs of marriage as living here under the foot of the oppressive socialism is no longer tenable. God help us all if we do not turn this country around in this upcoming election. i AM TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHICH STATES WILL STILL BE AMERICAN AFTER THE ELECTION IF WE DO NOT ELECT PRINCIPLED, RULE OF LAW, CONSTITUTION SUPPORTING GOVERNMENT PEOPLE.
Joe McCarthy was always right but the MEDIA and Left wingers buried him.

N knows
5 months 17 days ago

I live in Georgia half the year and California the other half. I recommend Georgia highly.

Nip n Bud
5 months 17 days ago
Where is Senator Joseph McCarthy when you need him? He tried to evict the commie slime bags out of our govt decades ago, but was chided and ridiculed by liberal media and commie sympathizers back then for pointing out the poisonous mindset that would eventually destroy our government. Tens of thousands died in Korea and South Viet Nam in preventing those commie dorks from taking over those countries. Of course, that was the so-called official reason for those two wars, fighting communism. But who will “save” us (as in U.S.) from the scourge of the “me, me, me idealism” permeating our land? Is it possible that our country could be split into two governments as was done in Korea and Viet Nam? Not so far fetched is it? IMHO, this election is the last stand for purging our government of the blood suckers destroying our nation. And as a last… Read more »
Del
5 months 17 days ago

With Justice Scalia dying today. The balance of the US Supreme Court is in EXTREMELY SERIOUS jeopardy. PRESIDENT Obama can now appoint a Liberal “Democratic Socialist” Justice and seriously damage the 2nd Amendment

Apples
5 months 17 days ago

Amen, brother. Although I was only 20 years old when McCarthy was a senator, I knew that he was not on a ‘witch hunt’, and that one day he would be vindicated. My only hope is that it is not too late.

nmgene
5 months 17 days ago

so what happened to Alaska ??????

A. Walters
5 months 17 days ago

Good idea Connie!! Perhaps Alaska is my next home!

Jimmy E
5 months 17 days ago

Why is Mississippi #38? Could it be the lack of well-paying jobs; or could it be due the “RINO”s that stole the last US Senate election away from a true Conservative to a Senate “lifer” who unethically asked black Democrats to vote in the GOP runoff–when the constituents he asked to help him likely did not vote in the GOP primaries?

Doug L
5 months 17 days ago
I totally disagree Florida rated anywhere near best of any of these classifications. Lived there after move from Tenn. Moved back to Tenn; regulations in Florida are strangulating. Can’t change out the notorious Florida window without getting a permit$$$. then must pay certified construction worker, also, have to pay for only Florida approved windows(twice the price), then you need to pay increased home value due to improvement. This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Yes no state income tax, but the gov’t makes up for it big time. City taxes vary all over the place as to how much any service or change costs, maybe better than NY or east or west coast. Leaves much to be desired. Living costs nearly doubled or tripled. Insurance is double on home, gas is 50% higher, electric is cheaper, but slightly less dependable of staying on, medical is reasonable, but long… Read more »
Shane
5 months 16 days ago

Doug you are wrong on food prices! Atlanta is much higher than most anywhere in Florida. I travel all over the country working and I can promise everyone, the cost of living in Florida is one of the lowest in the nation. I believe high numbers of retirees and fixed incomes of those consumers is what keeps prices competitive and low. I do agree however, many occupations pay lower wages per hour than other states. This is arguably offset by the cost of living and standards of living are not lower due to this.
Persons whom work in the medical profession have an advantage of higher than average wages for their industry and living expenses lower than average.

Lucy Rice
5 months 16 days ago

Great analysis of Fl. I had a great 1920s home in St. Pete, Doug. I was a block from a bayfront park. I had to sell and move, because city taxes and homeowners insurance outpaced my ability to pay. Those two expenses made it impossible for me to live there on my salary after 14 yrs in the home.

Stormy Heather
5 months 17 days ago

Agreed. I currently live in FL and have also lived in GA and CA… no way is FL the most free state in the union.

Gordon Y
5 months 17 days ago

Florida window regulations are a product of lawyers and insurance. We just had new energy effecient front door and 2 windows installed in a house built in 1974. There are many ways to avoid the Govt. regulations and still have quality safe windows, just can’t do it all in one year. I am 3rd generation Massachusetts citizen and have seen salt water freeze. Have freinds in Tenn. and they can have hellish winter ice storms and the Cumberland river can flood. Please tell all your freinds how awful Florida is. Too many people moving here

Stormy Heather
5 months 17 days ago

Doug L is right…FL is over regulated, and the high cost of living is even higher here in FL. Gordon Y has the right idea, tell everyone how awful FL is so they won’t move down here (higher demand will drive costs up and they’re already too high).

FL is the pits…I hear Alaska and N Dakota are nice. Or, if you prefer warmth and ocean, HI and Texas are good choices. ✌

Frank C.
5 months 17 days ago

I feel the same way about Ms. Carly Fiorina. She was the one that made the most sense and Has the most International and Domestic experience, what a shame. The liberal media is worst than a plague. My question is : where is Mr. Sanders is going to find the money to give free college education, free health care and all the other freebies that he mentions on is campaign. Did he forget that National Debt ????

Scottar
5 months 17 days ago

My take is the US and the world will be in deep recession and the socialists will be sharing a diminishing welfare pot. Sanders will demonize all the corporate industries and will advocate government takeover. He will advocate the UN take over various things. He will offer massive government welfare programs. People will be regulated to smaller European type living standards. He will take over the media. The populous will be socialist zombie-bots with daily deluges of socialist propaganda as is found in China and other like areas. The US will just be a former shadow of itself and will be bought and sold to countries like China and Russia.

Eventually it will be a contest between China and Russia if Turkey or Iran don’t start a world war.

Paul Domingue
5 months 17 days ago

It will be interesting to say the least. Bernie has not mentioned how he intends to remove the present debt so he can proceed with his freebies, or what his foreign policy will consist of.

Connie Condra
5 months 11 days ago

Why do you think that Bernie has ANY plans to “remove the present debt.” Bernie knows that the best way to take the nomination from the Hildabeast is to promise the universe and all that is in it. His best idea is to tax the “1%ers”. I wonder if he includes himself?

Connie Condra
5 months 17 days ago

He is going to tax the middle class to death. That’s were. The “1%ers” will move their money off-shore. I wish I could do the same.

JohnLose
5 months 17 days ago

It is interesting that States 42 to 50, with the exception of California, are along the Eastern Coast and contain the densest population and wealth centers.

Lucy Rice
5 months 16 days ago

Isn’t it interesting?! Shouldn’t that tell us something?

Frank C.
5 months 17 days ago

Thank you for your reply. I see that the State Of Delaware needs lots of work to be done.

Charles L.
5 months 17 days ago

Lots of great comments have been made about various aspects of this discussion of the states. I was also glad to see Jean’s comments about Carly Fiorina, which coincide with my thoughts. She was definitely screwed by this irresponsible mainstream media. Every Conservative and Republican is a target. Jean is correct that the RNC SHOULD be up in arms. It is too late for Carly, but we should not let this travesty continue. I wish the candidates would mention it as well.

Connie Condra
5 months 17 days ago

The RNC is responsible for the way Carly and other GOP candidates were treated. Reince Priebus need to be given his walking paper.s

Lucy Rice
5 months 16 days ago

I agree with you, Connie. The RNC is orchestrating the outcome. Look how they squashed Rand Paul, Fiorina, and they are hard at work against Trump too. They kept fair media attention away from Paul and Fiorina. Now, they are all out to get Trump. Their power is threatened. If the RNC has its way, it will be business as usual. Notice who they like and that will be the candidate we the people should vote against.

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