Freedom

Florida, the Freest State in the Country?

California, New York, and New Jersey always rank near the bottom of these lists as intrusive, red tape-bound hellholes.

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Florida is the freest (or least unfree, depending on how you look at it) state in the United States? So says North Carolina's John Locke Foundation in its First in Freedom Index, which drew data from a range of sources and found that the state where alligators help keep the yowling, roaming kitty population under control is also notable for officials who generally stay out of your way. Arizona and Indiana round out the top three, while California, New Jersey, and New York serve, unsurprisingly, as black holes of bureaucratic suckage.

John Locke Foundation

Those of us familiar with the neverending jaw-drops provided by Florida police shenanigans, or simply with the presence of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona's Maricopa County, might be raising an eyebrow around now. But remember that cops in California, New Jersey, and New York are much more professional about their pervasive abuses. They can get through the business of strangling petty "criminals" and trumping up charges against political enemies without parading outrageous personalities in the process. Besides, the John Locke Foundation bypasses civil liberties issues to focus on fiscal policy, educational choice, regulatory incursions, and health care freedom. As a measure of relative restraint and leeway in those areas, it's a handy addition to various existing freedom rankings without displacing the role of other indexes.

The First in Freedom Index actually draws from a lot of the sources that have been cited here before, including the Fraser Institute's Economic Freedom of North America as well as Mercatus Center's Freedom in the 50 States, the Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index, and measures put together by the Center for Education Reform, among others. To this, the North Carolina group adds its own weight and emphasis. The ultimate score is an average across the categories it examines. Florida, for example, is in first place overall, but at 5 in terms of fiscal policy, 1 in educational freedom, 45 in regulatory freedom, and 30 in healthcare freedom.

As with all of these measures, a lot depends on the authors' values, leaving a lot of room for dispute. That's why Mercatus's Freedom in the 50 States is my personal favorite of these projects, since it includes tools that let users personalize results to reflect their own preferences.

That said, I find it interesting that top-rankers in all of these indexes tend to vary a bit depending on what's being measured and who is doing the weighting. It doesn't take a lot of policy variation to move a state up and down within the top half of an index that measures people's abilities to live their lives relatively free of state interference.

But California, New York, and New Jersey always rank near the bottom of these lists as intrusive, red tape-bound hellholes.

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    1. …besides, like I told my ex wife – it’s all in the reflexes.

    2. When I lived in Florida, I used to drive a pickup truck for work with no passenger side door. Everybody told me that was legal but no one could tell me why. I never got stopped for it. I also saw a few cars with no license plates, only a cardboard sign that said “Seminole”.

  1. So Montana is in the bottom half. I’m actually not surprised in the least.

  2. 32? We’re not that bad I would have thought.

    1. I’m surprised Virginia is ranked as well as it is, given the stench that wafts down from a couple miles north.

      1. I’m surprised Virginia is ranked as well as it is

        Terry doesn’t have a tame legislature to fuck up the state with.

        1. I think you overestimate Terry. Terry is not a true believer. Terry is interested in Terry not fucking up the state, just using the position to award contracts to his buddies(aka anybody willing to return favors in kind) and stealing anything that’s not bolted down.

          1. Sure he might throw the democratic base a few bones on that whole gay marriage thing, but shaking the boat to much might bring attention to one of the million scams he’s running.

          2. He’s unable to go full progtard, not unwilling. If the balance in the Assembly shifts…

    2. 46 is worse than normal for KY for these things. It depends on weighting.

      1. KY is a socialist hellhole just like TN.

      2. Try registering a vehicle from out of state. When I lived there it was a good indication of generally messed up approach to government.

  3. Iowa is just one step behind Texas.

  4. I tell you I won’t live in a state that robs men of the right to marry their cousins!

    1. Alabama welcomes you with open arms, sir!

    2. Look, Hugh, you can call it marriage if you want to, but stop shoving it down other people’s throats, okay?

      1. *double-handed facepalm*

        1. Double-handed?

          Looks like Warty’s next victim has self-declared.

    3. Fist of Etiquette|2.23.15 @ 11:48AM|#

      It’s all relative.

    4. Age of consent in Pennsylvania is 16. Unless you are realted, which lowers it to 14. True story.

  5. Some big surprises here. Although, as noted, these rankings always depend on what goes in to the calculation.

    Still – jobs in Cali, NY and NJ are the only states I will not take calls from headhunters about. Horrible places to do bidness, which seems to be reflected here.

    1. Pretty much the same. You want me to relocate where? Haha no.

    2. CT, MA, MD, RI are all in the same horrible ballpark.

      1. The only thing to be thankful for when living in MD is that you don’t live in NJ.

        1. Living on the doorstep of NYC or DC? Mordor or Hades?

          1. #9? the biz climate in NH just isn’t that good. Property taxes are the highest in the country. On the upside We’re ok on 2nd amendment rights and gaining on personal freedoms.

            1. The best thing about NH is that it acts like a buffer (or prophylaxis) between Maine and Mass.

            2. Property taxes are the highest in the country.

              No, that’s NJ. Yes, even higher than NH.

  6. OT: I think it’s funny that after all that time progressives spent whining about how white this years Oscars were, the big winner was a movie directed by a Mexican where a Mexican cinematographer also got an Oscar.

    Oh, and the song from Selma won best song. That’s five major awards that went to a black movie and a movie made by Hispanics.

    What I also love about the ‘THERE’S TOO MANY WHITE PEOPLE’ complaints is that they never give explanations of who should have been nominated instead. Unless you can point to non-whites who were obviously snubbed in favor of white people, your claims of racism fall a bit flat.

    1. I think most of the accounts I read on those complaints did site Selma not getting more nominations.

      1. Yeah, but they don’t say what it should have been nominated for. It’s just ‘why didn’t this get more nominations?’

        I guess the guy who played Martin Luther King, Jr. specifically has been cited as someone who should have gotten a best actor nomination, but that’s one snub out of the entire Academy Awards.

        1. The director is black and a woman, I imagine they thought she should be nominated.

          1. When do they hand out the next Nobels?

    2. And last year weren’t there a disproportionate amount of winners to black directors and actors? 12 years a slave did extremely well iirc.

      1. Of course, the big slight this year was to yellow people.

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1490017/

        1. Seriously didn’t even when it’s song category. So peeved.

      2. Yeah, it’s funny how the negro-friendly years are quickly forgotten. MUST BE FAIR* EVERY YEAR!! *spoken like a radio disclaimer* and by fair, we mean minimum 20% black nominations, with no less than one per category and other minorities don’t count.

        1. “Yeah, it’s funny how the negro-friendly years are quickly forgotten.”

          Not helping your credibility

    3. Was there an awards show last night? Oh wait, yes there was, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Sure it was a repeat, but it was better than anything else on last night.

      1. it was better than anything else on last night.

        There was this little show called The Walking Dead that was on last night.

        1. Walking Dead

          1. wtf?

            Walking Dead < < < < < < Breaking Bad

            Honest Trailer

        2. So, Kennel Club was still the best show on last night.

  7. Free in the sense that America freely let’s its wang hang out there waiting to get blown by the next tropical storm.

    1. Florida, unable to differentiate liberty from license and not giving a shit. I guess that’s freedom.

  8. Weird how differently North Dakota and South Dakota are ranked.

    1. What is wrong with North Dakota? The other day there was a table posted here that said they have more debt per capita than California. How did they accomplish that in the middle of such an employment boom?

      1. Probably the usual: “Thanks to our booming economy, we have so much tax revenue; let’s spend even more money than we took in so we can generate more!”

        1. I found this, it’s a bit old though:

          “BISMARCK, ND ? A new report from State Budget Solutions says North Dakota ranks second in the nation behind only Vermont in a measure of state deficits, but the high ranking is due more to the state’s explosive economic growth than a low level of debt.

          In debt per capita, North Dakota ranks 47th in the nation with $3,181 in debt and liabilities per citizen. Only New Jersey, Hawaii and Connecticut had more debt and liabilities per citizen. According to the report, the state also faces over $4.2 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.

          But in other areas the state’s economic health is a clear advantage. Thanks to steadily increasing tax revenues, North Dakota is one of only 4 states in the study with no budget gap for 2011. The state also has no debt obligations for unemployment funds, something many states have accumulated thanks to high levels of joblessness and stagnant economies.

          Overall the state has over $6.2 billion in debt and unfunded liabilities from pensions, which wins it second place in a ranking of all states.”

          http://plainsdaily.com/entry/d…..get-study/

      2. They saw gargantuan amounts of money come in and spent it without considering that tax revenue would eventually peak.

        I also think that quickly growing states often accumulate lots of debt building new roads, hiring new cops, etc. and then pay it off because the economy is growing. Debt isn’t necessarily bad if you know you’re going to have enough money to pay it off, so North Dakota accumulating debt in a time of high growth doesn’t really matter provided that growth doesn’t disappear.

        1. Good points.

        2. “Cuttin’ the heads off a parking meters? I don’t believe we evah had one those before.”

          Just make road prisons like Florida.

        3. Debt is always bad.

  9. “But California, New York, and New Jersey always rank near the bottom of these lists as intrusive, red tape-bound hellholes.”

    Californian = BUT BUT BUT GREAT WEATHER?!

    New Yorker = BUT BUT BUT THE FOOD?! THE CULTURE!?!

    New Jersey-ite = FUCK YOU FUCKFACE!

    1. New Yorker: “Haven’t you seen our ads?!!!”

      1. I can assure you = no one laughs more cynically at the pro-business enticing-advertisements than new yorkers. I think the general perception is, “Who the hell do they think they’re kidding?”

        Its like advertising the attractiveness of your child daycare center with the slogan, “Now with 71% *less molestation*” Come for the short-term tax breaks! STAY FOR THE OPPRESSIVE REGULATORY STATE THAT WONT EVER LET YOU OUT ALIVE.

        1. I saw one of those idiotic wastes of taxpayer money recently. The claims to success were paltry. Basically if you won powerball and built a couple of big houses that would be the equivalent.

        2. I live in NJ and see those ads all the time – hilarious. “Move to NY and get a tax break with a ton of strings attached…” vs. move to FL or TX with all the breaks and none of the strings.

    2. The worst New Jerseyans are the NYC transplants. Go back to Tottenville, assholes.

      1. And the Long Islanders. There has to be something seriously wrong with that place.

        1. its pronounced ‘Lon’Guyland’

          i have long (no pun!) thought they were/should be their own state.

          Though there is some mystery about what the invisible dividing line between ‘brooklyn/queens’ and longiland really is. Its real! but no one is sure why, or exactly where it is on the cultural/regional map. Like porn to a Supreme Court justice – you can’t *define it*, but you know it when you *see it*. There is some bizarre interzone territory in the barrier…like where JFK is… where you’re not really sure where you are, but its definitely not good. there’s a reason no one stays there very long if they don’t have to.

          this ‘About Long Island‘ website actually specifically addresses the confusion, and helps not at all.

          Where is the border between Queens and Long Island?

          The border between Queens and Nassau can be a bit convoluted, as you can find some streets where one house is considered part of Queens, New York City, but the house next to it might be considered part of Nassau County, Long Island. A New York Times reporter wrote an excellent article entitled, The Defining Line on these sometimes blurred borders, where one house might have a front yard in Queens, but a backyard in Nassau!

          Strange things sometimes happen on the borders…”

          1. Macro Fractals…a new discover in mathematics. Think I’ll publish in the super awesome journal Nature.

          2. A long time ago, my buddy had a house trailer half in Ohio and half in PA. He decided which door to open depending on where the cops came from. I used his Ohio address to get a license and registration to avoid vehicle inspection. Ohio also didn’t require car insurance, but it was a lot cheaper than PA, where it was mandatory.

            1. Not required and cheaper? You mean, like, demand went down? People don’t necessarily want to insure everything and the entire state isn’t ablaze? This can’t be.

      2. “The worst New Jerseyans”

        I think technically, there is no such thing as ‘worse’ than simply *being* a New Jerseyan.

        …which was basically my very first point. you’ve really got nothing compensating for it. And seriously, can you blame things like Newark, Camden, Trenton… on NY? I don’t think so.

        1. I think technically, there is no such thing as ‘worse’ than simply *being* a New Jerseyan.

          There is; I just told you what it is. Absent the guiding hand of their benevolent superstates, NYC residents choke on all their new found, glorious freedom, think of themselves as living gods, and demand worship and tribute from the new neighbors that should be basking in their glow.

          They react poorly when we don’t comply. If you take Dennis Reynolds and give him a bad accent, you basically have everyone that has moved from NY to NJ and has been living there for under a decade.

          1. “”their new found, glorious freedom””

            I’m not sure the distinction between 50 and 49 creates exactly that impression.

            but whatever. I don’t know any “new yorkers” who’d ever move to NJ for any reason other than ‘taxes/schools’ ( a few wall st’rs i know made the move to places like Montclair, Summit… maybe Middletown… basically, the “cheaper alternatives to Westchester”)

            …and even then, its still completely relative. All the NY’rs i know who retire and split go down south or out west. NJ doesn’t really offer any kind of retirement-improvement on the basics (noted above) that would justify the move. And for commuter towns… well, I’d assume they were annexed by greater NY decades ago. is the NY-migrant problem an issue south of newark?

            1. I figured the phrase “glorious freedom” when talking about my home state would have clued you into the pure & unadulterated sarcasm. NJ has good public schools in most non-Abbott districts, but it’s largely indistinguishable from NYC otherwise.

              The only places where any sort of NY immigrant problem exists in my experience is northern Monmouth county; all the Jews from SI seem to have moved to Marlboro and the Italians all ended up in Manalapan. A large number of them seem to be retired police and firemen with wives that work in NJ or the City; I bet it’s the ex-public servant mentality that drives the assholery more than anything else, but SI culture is often standoffish regardless of the resident’s occupation.

              1. ” A large number of them seem to be retired police and firemen with wives that work in NJ or the City”

                Ah, yes. “Copland” was a good movie. I’d hate to live in that world.

                it sounds like the people who are mucking up jerseytopia are actually many of the same people who are grade-A+holes *when they’re here as well*

                I guess the advantage of NYC is that you can tune them out, and there’s a million neighborhoods where you can pretend they don’t even exist. Staten Island is sort of the boro that many NY’rs wish could be permanently amputated. I lived in Bay Ridge as a kid, and the Island was over the bridge, and anyone who hailed from that side of the harbor was seen as something like an undesirable foreigner.

                Speaking of which = you might find this funny. I do.

                1. When I was a kid, there was no bridge.

                  1. When i was a kid, the movie Saturday Night Fever made me think my neighborhood was the center of the world

                    🙂

            2. I work a bunch of New Yorkers who have moved to NJ (to backfill all the ones who left for PA or FL).

              Career, traffic / commute time, and cost-of-living (compared to NYC and inner suburbs) are the reasons they left for the Garden State.

  10. Given the stories I’ve heard, every resident of Forida is abundantly free to do all manner of stupid shit.

    1. Hold my beer – Ima try somethin’….

      /Florida Man

    2. It’s endless entertainment from the comfort of my tree branch

    3. Oh yeah. They won’t tell you you’re doing something stupid. It would be wrong to rob you of wisdom.

      1. Good judgement comes from experience . . .

        . . . most of which comes from bad judgement.

    4. Darwin is our Patron Saint.

  11. As an Arizonan, this confirmed much of what I already know. Including New Mexico being an island of suck.

    1. Damn, that is a contrast. You’re doin’ it wrong, NM.

    2. NM was one of the surprises to me. i’d have thought….well, let’s just say I’d have been wrong about NM, based on this measure.

    3. I live in Maricopa County now and I’ve yet to have a run-in with Arpaio’s gang to ruin it for me. It’s pretty awesome here.

      1. With the right skin tone and a bit of luck, it does seem like a pretty nice place to live.

      2. I’ve lived in Maricopa County for 29 years and never had a run-in either. Most of the stories about run-ins are pure fiction, but apparently they’re enough to convince liberal judges.

  12. I knew there was a reason I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve spent in Indiana.

    1. NAP Pageant in Roselawn, right?

    2. Indiana is horrible. You freeze to death in the winter and then when it warms up a few degrees, you have to tie lead weights to your body to keep from blowing away. Fuck that shit.

      1. you have to tie lead weights to your body to keep from blowing away.

        Three words; Sugar Cream Pie.

        It’s like Deep Dish Pizza only it’s a dessert!

  13. No measure for alcoholic freedom was included. I am disappoint.

    1. +1 drive-thru liquor store

      1. In Florida you can buy beer at the gas stations. Such a convenience.

        1. Not too from my home there’s a drive through store selling a mind boggling array of good beer.

    2. New Orleans has to win there for the drive through Daquiri places.

  14. Supposedly it is easier to set up a boutique “docs office” to sell Oxycontin in Florida. That may be why Fatso moved there.

    1. Get back to shillin for Hillary, Buttface.

      He’s shillin for Hillary.

      He’s cuckoo for Hillary.

      He’s shillin for Hillary.

      Lick those canckles buttface, lick em!

    2. Prescription speed for truck drivers, too. I think that has changed now.

    3. Living in the past I see.

  15. I wish there were a measure of how much of Pennsylvania’s economy is based on being near, but not part of, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland.

    1. We just got a Democratic Governor, unfortunately (the legislature is solid GOP), so he’s ready to announce a budget full of taxes and spending by the government, because if you kept your money you’d just spend it on the wrong things.

  16. Just remember, as I noted earlier: Government is just the things we agree to do together, by force, under the threat of a gun barrel. That’s all.

  17. Surprised to see that NH didn’t do better.
    Amazed that MA doesn’t suck as badly as it seems to from the inside, I’d have figured #56.

    1. 39 feels about right to me. State gov’t sucks, but CT and RI are noticeably worse.

    2. “I’d have figured #56”

      I see what you did there …

  18. I’m sorry, any “freedom” index that doesn’t take incarceration rates and punitiveness of a state’s criminal code in general into consideration isn’t worth the pixels it was published on. A government’s willingness to throw you in prison should be just as important — if not more so — than its willingness to require a license for your “profession”.

    Many of the top freedom-y states in this John Locke index also have among the highest incarceration rates in the country. Louisiana, for example, possesses the highest incarceration rate of any state (the second highest isn’t even close) yet is #6 in “freedom” according to the John Locke Foundation. Freedom, my ass.

    1. They stupidly excluded “civil liberties” from their “freedom” index.

    2. At least Chronic-rado is in 15th place.

      Yeah, Texas is ranked 12th, but our preacher’s bitches– I mean, legislators are fighting gay marriage tooth and nail, we’re throwing people in cages for simple MJ possession and our liquor stores are closed on Sundays and at 9pm the rest of the week.

  19. I’m wondering if my beloved home/frenemy PA was pulled down to 20 by its liquor system, also known as Moscow on the Susquehanna.

    1. PA seems to be an election or 2 away from making itself into Maryland or New Jersey.

      1. Thankfully, our legislature is firmly in GOP hands to counter the liberal D in the statehouse. Plus we won’t give up on gun rights, which makes us the lone non-gun-fearing wussy of the northeast. And we’re pretty pro-life, which MD or NJ could never be (lots of PA Catholic Ds).

        1. New Hampshire’s gun laws are pretty good, and tend to be laxer than Pennsylvania’s.

          1. It would be a sad day in NH if Mass ever repealled draconian liquor taxes…but we all know that day ain’t happening in this lifetime!

        2. Yeah, get back to me when they get rid of that I-70 bottleneck in Breezewood. 😛

      2. I’ve got in laws from PA and was married there.

        Those liquor laws drove me insane trying to stock up for a 100 person wedding.

        I must say I was much impressed that I could buy as much as I wanted and then return the unopened bottles with the receipt.

        You take a bottle of beer or liquor out of the store in Texas and it’s yours forever.

  20. #6…c’mon guys! We can reach the 40s!!!!

    “Illinois, Land of Lincoln Will the Defendant Please Rise”

    1. “Illinois, Will the Defendant, the Governor, Please rise”

      I guess, in a sense, corruption is a sign of freedom, right?

  21. That said, I find it interesting that top-rankers in all of these indexes tend to vary a bit depending on what’s being measured and who is doing the weighting. It doesn’t take a lot of policy variation to move a state up and down within the top half of an index that measures people’s abilities to live their lives relatively free of state interference.

    Yes, this is the big caveat that every such study needs to open with.

    In fact, since there’s never a principled approach to legislation, and since people’s values and priorities greatly differ and can change, a more objective study would not have a single index at all. Instead it would have breakdown of all the thousands of freedoms liberty has been cut up into then measure each one of those pieces by state.

  22. Good afternoon from behind the Iron Curtain in #49.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go ask my Commissar permission to voice my opinion out loud and I need to fill out the proper forms.

  23. I’m thinking the wife and I need to split from California. We’ve always enjoyed Scottsdale. AZ here we come!

  24. How do you leave out civil rights issues in an analysis of freedom? I’m from NC and appreciate the John Locke Foundation, but freedom isn’t just economic stuff.

    1. It is almost as if the people writing these “freedom” indices never have to worry about their civil rights being trampled upon by the State…

  25. As a native Nevadan who is currently living in Massachusetts, I concur completely. Nevada is a great state to start and run a business. However, it’s a terrible state to find talented employees. Why are all the (tech) companies in CA or MA when they are such terrible places to do business? When can I move back?

    1. Nevada just needs a few top tier technical universities. That seems like a big part of the reason why the Boston area and the Bay area are what they are in terms of tech companies.

    2. Being nearly impossible to enforce non-compete clauses in CA is probably the biggest (and least known) reason. Even employment agreements that are governed by another state’s laws and include non-compete clauses will not be enforced in CA. That leads to inflated wages for talent, and especially for tech talent.

      1. Non-compete clauses are a crock of shit. Yeah, your contract has terminated, but you still have to obey the contract and not work at a competitor. You can flip burgers for a few months and then you can try your luck at finding a job in your profession.

        Non-competes are the worst anti-free-market laws out there. I don’t know how they’re even valid, other than to protect corporate profits (and a heaping side of FYTW).

    3. Techies abhor government and politics (technology is so very much more interesting), so they leave gov’t to the lower-IQ folks to mismanage.

  26. There’s a football player that just had all his shit stolen from by the government, so I’m not sure if this ranking is accurate.

  27. I really wish they would’t publicize this stuff … now we will have even more carpetbaggers coming down to screw stuff up …

    1. So take their money and send them back home!

      1. That is the problem: They don’t leave; they stay here and elect DWS.

  28. I would like to see this type of study also include social liberties as well. The weightings are all skewed towards fiscal/regulatory freedoms. Whether a state respects the Bill of Rights is at least as important as its tax burden (which drew a full 25% of this study’s weight).

  29. Yeah!!!! Number 8!!!!

    Although, if the criminal justice system had been included, I’m certain my state would be much lower. Much, much, much lower.

    By the way, could someone please inform Tuccille that the plural of index is indices.

    1. I was pretty surprised by 8.

      As someone who lives there but spends a lot of time in other states it reinforces my stance that given the other options its not a bad place to live.

  30. I say Tennessee gets ripped at 33. We’ve got No income tax! Here’s the chart that matters.

    http://kff.org/other/state-ind…..-spending/

    1. I kind of get WY and AK’s per capita spending (huge states small population)…But what the hell is with WV?

  31. Great news for me,mi recently upgraded from #43 to # 42. The cost of living makes up for the relative similarity and open carry laws give a perverse sense of freedom as it turns out. Nice map. Thanks John Locke – love your work.

  32. FloriDUH is a cesspool of corruption, especially when it comes to s*x offenders. Look at Grady Judd’s entrapment stings that led to arrests of adults looking for adults on the POF dating site. Then there is Sheriff Bradford posting red signs in the years, or the city of Miami pushing registered citizens to live under bridges and in the swamp. “Freest” my left foot.

    1. “I-95 goes both ways, bitch.”

  33. my mum in-law recently got a nice twelve month old Cadillac CTS Vsport Premium only from working parttime off a laptop
    ?????? http://www.jobsblaze.com

    1. Yer Mum wurked part-time “off of the laptop” by giving lap-top dances, is whut I heard… I wudda gone an’ gotten her to give me some head, but chaw-tobacca all over mah member does NOT appeal to me…

    2. So wages for cam models are going up? Must be the presidents doing.

  34. obviously its Florida Man (and Woman) who make that state the freest in the country, always pushing boundaries.

    So, what Arizona needs is is to lure Florida Man to AZ (with appropriate taxpayer subsidies of course).

    1. Oh, and ‘Arizona, We’re #2, Woo-hoo!’

      1. Though, looking through the report, I’m surprised we’re 44th in “regulatory freedom’.

  35. For being one who had the misfortune of having to put up with the visceral realities of Florida policing it is a place of legal paradoxes. It’s a black hole where one municipality can absorb sex offenders and a witch cult run a city near the Gulf. Freedom isn’t quite clear. When legal “freedom’ is the murky equivalent of a stirred up swamp bottom you know you’re in Florida. I did to mean to in a poll to say that’s as clear as mud. It’s great for knob turning bureaucrats to give up their own ideas and just let come what may.

  36. Living in Florida, I would agree that there is significantly less bureaucratic hassle and fewer stupid regulations to contend with in every day life then exist in the other states where I have lived. That said, moving from a med marijuana state to a place where The cops brag and post details constantly about their vice and drug busts was a bit of a shock. A coworker told my wife that she called the police when she smelled marijuana, and 6 cops showed up to arrest the evildoer. So Florida may be freer in a lot of respects, but fuck that drug war noise down here.

  37. Face it, “this is a free country” has been a lie for a long time.

  38. Yes, so free that you can murder black people legally. As long as “you feel threatened”. Which is a legal standard that allows all racists who percieve any young black man as a threat to kill them with impunity. Hooray for freedom, right Reason. As long as the freedom you protect is for privileged white people, right. Why don’t you try standing up for the freedom of young black men to walk to the corner store without being murdered by “neighborhood watchmen”.

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  41. Sheriff Joe?
    No one is forced to live in Maricopa County.

  42. I grew up in No. 1, went to school in Nos. 3 and 4, now live in No. 36 and boy do I feel it every day and in every paycheck (6% state income tax) and shopping trip (8.75% sales tax).

  43. A state that makes it illegal to back into a parking space because it inhibits police activities has no place at the rope of any freedom index.

  44. Google pay 97$ per hour my last pay check was $8500 working 1o hours a week online. My younger brother friend has been averaging 12k for months now and he works about 22 hours a week. I cant believe how easy it was once I tried it out.
    This is wha- I do…… ?????? http://www.netjob80.com

  45. So in New York and California you can experience the finest the world has to offer, make your mark in any number of thriving world-class industries or universities, be at the center of the innovations that are shaping tomorrow’s world, while in Florida you can have lots of guns and be uninsured. And you folks choose Florida. No wonder you call your magazine “Reason.”

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