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New York State Ranks Last In Personal Freedom

From the New York Post:

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

State ranks dead last in personal freedom

By CARL CAMPANILE | March 29, 2013

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.

Remember when young people used to flock to New York City because of the personal freedom it offered?

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 study had a catch-all category dubbed “Bachelor Party Freedom.” It weighed the amount of restriction on gambling, drugs, tobacco, liquor, marijuana, prostitution and fireworks.

The study found New York to be a major buzzkill. “Tobacco laws are extremely strict, and cigarette taxes are the highest in the country, encouraging the growth of a dangerous black market,” the study said.

North Dakota was ranked as the most free state, followed by South Dakota, Tennessee, New Hampshire and Oklahoma.

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.

On the positive side, the study said New York’s court system was better than average and credited Albany with improving auto-insurance policies. And the report praised New York for legalizing gay marriage in 2011.

Responded Cuomo spokesman Matthew Wing: “This report’s definition of ‘freedom’ is based on extremist political views, not reality.”

“Governor Cuomo has established the lowest tax rate for the middle class in 60 years, enacted a property-tax cap, passed three on-time balanced budgets that hold the line on spending . . . So it’s hardly a surprise that extremists on both sides often disagree with us.”

So that settles that.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, March 29th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “New York State Ranks Last In Personal Freedom”

  1. TerryAnne

    “North Dakota was ranked as the most free state, followed by South Dakota, Tennessee, New Hampshire and Oklahoma.”

    Don’t worry, New Hampshire. Your recent ridiculousness will soon remove you from the free side before too long.

    • Liberals Demise

      Then they should remove “Live Free or Die” from their license plates.
      What a hoot!

  2. beautyofreason

    I remember moving out of my New York City apartment and frantically placing an ad on craigslist at 10 at night for a stranger to pick up my like new condition mattress. I originally tried to throw it in the trash myself with some other unused furniture as I have seen other tenants do, and was spotted by the doorman. He warned me that the building would be given a $250 dollar fine, which would be passed onto me in full. This was a new rule by the city to control the spread of bed bugs. The mattress had to be specially wrapped in a thick plastic, or it couldn’t be tossed. Not even placed at a collection site to be picked up by whomever. This in a city where you could regularly smell urine in the streets and pass by rats feasting nightly from dumped trash along the curb.

    I don’t miss the ridiculous prices or miserable examples of diversity that I saw there.
    Everyone looked unhappy, unwashed, or ultra rich. Their clothing was a strange mixture of flashy for the ghetto crowds, and dreadfully monochromatic. I don’t miss the amnesty protests, and all the picketing nuts who spoiled the few fair weather days of the year.

    Who would have thought, North Dakota has one of the highest employment rates and lowest rates of illegal immigration. The rule of law does actually work, vs the rule of the nanny state.

    • Can I have an Amen!

      PS – the one time I have been to NYC it was terrifying to this country boy. I can take care of myself in almost any situation. I can birth beeves, harvest timber, dig ditches, repair the fenceline. Passed instrumnets in surgery to make money to get through University, have EMT training. I can build a V8 engine for you and fix plumbing. I have roofed barns, repaired my own tractors and been snowed in for two weeks at a time. I hunt, I can skin and prep my own kill. I can rope and ride and I have studied languages all my life for my training in matters Biblical. I boxed in high school and college, took many classes in Aikido, Tai Chi, Pau Qua, Tsing-I. I am an avid home-defense shooter with many hours on the range to hone skills. I can use a bullwhip to good effect and have an Arkansas toothpick which I can throw on target … in short, I am a tough SOB.

      But NYC scared the willies outa me. I have never been immersed in so much spiritual evil. It was a fog enveloping everything. Like walking through a mist no one else could see. This country boy will never ever go near it again. In fact, Mrs. Jack are sure we’ll never go near a city of any kind ever again.

  3. Noyzmakr

    I must say I’m impressed with Mr. GBJack’s resume. I too am a country boy, from the tobacco road, who once visited NYC. I traveled there, when I was 15 in 1977, with the youth choir from my local church where we were to sing on the beaches of NY and Conn. on the 4th of July. We spent three days and nights in the “Big Apple” and you would have thought we were from another planet. No one would speak to us, except to curse, or even acknowledge our existence. When we first arrived we noticed a “bum” laying in the gutter in the street as we pulled up. We were all afraid to even get off the bus. We tried to help the man only to be greeted with a tirade of cursing that turned the cheeks of our choir leaders piano playing wife beet red as she hurried us inside the hotel. The experience went downhill from there. Sirens and screaming on the streets all night long and just plain rudeness everywhere we went. A woman on about the 12th floor in the building across the street from us could be observed through a huge window dancing nude with a dog on her bed. Being as we were young men with binoculars we watched her with awe until we could see she was speading something from a jar on her… and the dog was….ahem, need I say more? We had never seen or even imagined such things. And that wasn’t even the worse thing we saw. I was never so glad to get away from a place. The specter of evil was everywhere. You could just feel it.

    I think Hank Williams Jr. said it best when he sang, “Just send me to Hell or New York City, It would be about the same to me.” (If Heaven Ain’t A Lot Like Dixie)

  4. conant

    I have known for some years I would not retire in NY but wasn’t ready. This new gun law changed that. I fired two good employees who haven’t yet found work. Am closing my business. As soon as I can dump two properties I’m out of here taking a professional degree- 40 years of experience and about $5M in assets- not to mention by guns. I know this is of no concern to the governor and that about says it.




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