Tuesday, August 16, 2016

State Freedom Rankings

Cato Institute, along with the Mercatus Center recently graded all the states in regards how free they are- specifically regarding land-use regulation, victimless crimes, and occupational licensing, but also in providing high-level reform ideas.

The most free? New Hampshire, Alaska, Oklahoma, Indiana, and South Dakota

And it should be no surprise that California lies within the least free: New York, California, and Hawaii; New Jersey and Maryland.

The article points out that freedom doesn't necessarily guarantee a lack of outward migration from those states. I'm not surprised as I've felt for some time this country and its people are becoming more authoritarian every day. Then again, it's easy to feel that way living in California.


At 12:12 PM, Blogger Bob Wallace said...

Take a look at personal freedom on your linked site. California ranks pretty high. Then check some Southeast states.

Regulatory freedom is a lot easier in densely populated states. If you live miles from your nearest neighbors they are less likely to complain when your septic tank fails.

At 7:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for New Hampshire!! It's good to see their free state program is doing well.
Calif used to be one of the richest country's, now they've fallen badly. If it weren't for the other countrys that fell harder, scooting them up a few notches, they'd be lower on the list. It's getting harder & harder to send aide to emergency relief. We are gradually becoming equals with the 3rd world, as planned.

At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Reality calling... said...

" New data from the World Bank show that California’s economy was equivalent to the sixth largest in the world last year.

The World Bank’s annual rankings of countries’ gross domestic products, released on Friday, confirm an analysis published last month by the California Department of Finance.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported last month that California’s GDP was $2.5 trillion in 2015, up 4.1 percent from a year earlier.

California saw more economic growth than the United States as a whole, which was up 2.4 percent."


I'd suggest you make a note of where you read that California has fallen badly and put them on your "Untrusty Source" list.

At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suggest you take a look at the counrys that were ahead of them before they fell in the ratings, which moved Calif up. Also, take a look at the economies of the states that improved by far more than a measely 2%.

At 10:44 AM, Anonymous Reality Calls said...

#1 US
#2 EU
#3 China
#4 Germany
#5 Japan

#6 California Economy grew 2014 to 2015

#7 India Economy grew 2014 to 2015 but not fast enough to stay ahead of California which moved from 7th to 6th place, moving India down one notch

The really important point is that the claim "Calif used to be one of the richest country's, now they've fallen badly." is bogus.

It does not matter whether the GDP of the top six rose, stagnated or fell. What matters is that California's economy improved faster than that of the previous #6, India and allowed California to move from #7 to #6.

At 9:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I responded earlier, with 4 or 5 links, but the post disappeared. One link per post then.

Calif jumps to 6th place economy after Brazil & France slump. http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2016/06/15/california-now-world-s-6th-largest-economy.html

At 9:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From 2014 to 2015, the economy grew by only 2.6 percent, while the regulatory business grew by 4.3 percent.

At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Value of $100 in each state. http://taxfoundation.org/blog/real-value-100-each-state-2016?mc_cid=c8e9e996a1&mc_eid=76c27dd09d

(Calif 88 vs 115 elsewhere)

At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No freedom in Kailf.
How free is your state? http://www.freedominthe50states.org

At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Reality Calls Again said...

More data that disproves the earlier claim -

"Calif used to be one of the richest country's, now they've fallen badly."

Check your data. California ranks high in terms of personal freedom.

Like other densely populated states stuff has to be regulated so that we don't have hog farms right in the middle of town.

At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred used Reason, I used FEE, both probably the same, both show Kalif sux in the freedom rating. Bottom. They're at rock bottom.
Hogs in town, is a city ordinance issue, not a regulatory issue, just so you know.


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