And the least free state in America, is…

posted at 2:41 pm on March 28, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

…None other than the legislative haunt of Gov. Andrew “confiscation could be an option” Cuomo and loathsome nanny-state Mayor Bloomberg, of course. George Mason University’s Mercatus Center just released the third edition of their comprehensive “Freedom in the Fifty States” study, ranking “the American states based on how their policies promote freedom in the fiscal, regulatory, and personal realms.” The researchers calculated in factors ranging from the states’ levels of government spending and debt, tax burden, property rights protection, and health insurance freedom all the way to their policies on alcohol, tobacco, gambling, marriage, and firearms. North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma took the top five freedom spots, while Rhode Island, Hawaii, New Jersey, California, and New York came in 46th through last place.

Gotta’ love federalism, am I right?

Among the 10 fastest-growing metro areas last year were Raleigh, Austin, Las Vegas, Orlando, Charlotte, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. All of these are in low-tax, business-friendly red states. Blue-state areas such as Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, Providence and Rochester were among the biggest population losers.

This migration isn’t accidental. Workers and business owners are responding to clear economic incentives. Red states in the Southeast and Sunbelt are following the Reagan model by reducing tax rates and easing regulations. They also offer right-to-work laws as an enticement for businesses to come and set up shop. Meanwhile, the blue states of the Northeast, joined by California, Minnesota and Illinois, are implementing the Obama model of raising taxes on businesses and the wealthy to fund government “investments” and union power.


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OT – ad for Cuccinelli on my page.

VA is in the next tier. If Cuccinelli gets elected it will stay there, if not it drops to #45.

22044 on March 28, 2013 at 2:43 PM

How is LA/MS/WI in the next lowest tier? Were they in the bottom five before?

22044 on March 28, 2013 at 2:45 PM

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TX-96 on March 28, 2013 at 2:45 PM

North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma took the top five freedom spots, while Rhode Island, Hawaii, New Jersey, California, and New York came in 46th through last place.

Hmmm, what do 4 of the top 5 all have in common? They’re deep red states. And New Hampshire at least swings both ways(politically, that is). And do I even have to ask what the bottom 5 have in common?

Doughboy on March 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM

It’s a blue state after all…

Logus on March 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM

That study is obviously broken, my state (NC) is number 3 on their education rating. I refuse to believe that is correct.

nobar on March 28, 2013 at 2:49 PM

I call shenanigans… No way California is only #49… O_O

SWalker on March 28, 2013 at 2:49 PM

How is LA/MS/WI in the next lowest tier? Were they in the bottom five before?

22044 on March 28, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Louisiana laws are drawn from the Napoleonic Code, if they don’t say you can do it then it’s illegal.

RickB on March 28, 2013 at 2:49 PM

It seems a partisan list if North Dakota is rated one of the freest states, considering the restrictive nature of the upcoming abortion laws.

Mister Mets on March 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

I live in CT, but South Carolina is looking to be my new home in about 2 years (can’t wait!). This map enforces that decision. I’m very surprised with Wyoming though, still a great state but I didn’t realizes its taxes and spending were so high compared to neighbors like South Dakota and Utah; at least they’re not in debt.

Daemonocracy on March 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

I am a proud Oklahoman.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

O’bama’s “home states” rank #45 (IL) and #47 (HI)

Hawaii has much room to improve. It scores poorly on all three dimensions of freedom.

On the spending side, the state is highly fiscally centralized due to its unique statewide school system. The tax burden is one of the highest in the country, at 11.3 percent of income. Sales, utilities, individual income, and motor vehicle license taxes are especially high.

And that school system is horrible. Has been since the Dems took over complete control 50+ years ago.

In the regulatory policy dimension, the state government is interventionist, with strict workers’ compensation requirements, mandatory short-term disability insurance, and no right-to-work law. Land use is a politicized issue in Hawaii, and the state has the strictest zoning regulations in the country, while eminent domain abuse remains totally unchecked. The state is surprisingly laissez-faire about health insurance, with no community rating, even in small group markets; limited use of “prior approval” for premiums; and fewer mandates than average. Property/casualty insurance markets, on the other hand, are tightly regulated. Occupational freedom is restricted, with abnormally onerous education/experience, examination, and fees requirements.

Ahh, Paradise!

Del Dolemonte on March 28, 2013 at 2:51 PM

This is the reason Liberals must make socialism global. Given the choice people reject Socialism.

Grunt on March 28, 2013 at 2:51 PM

The problem is, liberals are included among the migrants. They get tired of living in their own filth, but end up bringing their ideals and values with them to the new place, turning that area into what they escaped to begin with.

Tuari on March 28, 2013 at 2:51 PM

I live in New York, the reality is our state is dying and only propped up by the financial industry and to a certain extent tourism. Everything else is going backwards.

rob verdi on March 28, 2013 at 2:52 PM

I call shenanigans… No way California is only #49… O_O

SWalker on March 28, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Will #57 work better for ya?

Del Dolemonte on March 28, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Some of these states may be turning purple/blue, but they are still riding the legacy of conservative state government. California didn’t destroy itself overnight. It took decades of democrat control to plunder its prosperity.

Wigglesworth on March 28, 2013 at 2:54 PM

SWalker on March 28, 2013 at 2:49 PM

You’re right it should be #50 and tied with NY.

chemman on March 28, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Yay for Tennessee at number 3! LOL

NerwenAldarion on March 28, 2013 at 2:54 PM

No longer the Empire State – more like the Vampire State

PJ Emeritus on March 28, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Wow. Shocking for those of us who live under this tyranny. Not.

The SAFE Act was simply the coup de grace. Between the unbelievably high tax burden, growing list of failing schools, dangerous debt load and a governor, legislature and other elected official who seem determined to diminish our rights to build their empires New York is sinking fast.

They’ve completely overplayed their hand that NY is the “place to be”. People and businesses are relocating in record numbers, saving substantial sums of money and living happier lives unencumbered by the boot of big government on their neck.

But “you don’t need 30 bullets to kill a deer” or something.

Marcus Traianus on March 28, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I call shenanigans… No way California is only #49… O_O

SWalker on March 28, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Will #57 work better for ya?

Del Dolemonte on March 28, 2013 at 2:53 PM

ROTFLMAO… That is actually what I was hinting at… lol lol lol

SWalker on March 28, 2013 at 2:55 PM

What these states have in common, for the most part, is Democrats. Even looking at Mississippi and Louisiana, Democrats have run those states for years and it takes a long time to straighten them out.
The rest, however, are lost causes with Democrats either still running them or have so screwed them up it will be difficult to deal with for years.

bflat879 on March 28, 2013 at 2:56 PM

It seems a partisan list if North Dakota is rated one of the freest states, considering the restrictive nature of the upcoming abortion laws.

Mister Mets on March 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

You mean babies will have the freedom not to be murdered if they have a heartbeat?

steebo77 on March 28, 2013 at 2:56 PM

We are happy to live in TX! We have GOT to keep our eyes open to see we keep our ‘freedom’ here. There are gobs of libs trying to make our state like the states they left and we don’t need that?

Also, TX better get their act together about the ed system here with them using the ‘common core’ in the schools! It seems to be in many states and it needs to be done away with, IMO! Too bad parents have no clue what that is?

Another thing that is happening here, as in other S border states, illegal aliens and drug gangs.
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letget on March 28, 2013 at 2:56 PM

What is surprising is how many big government Democrats the top 15 states send to the US Senate.

besser tot als rot on March 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM

The problem is, liberals are included among the migrants. They get tired of living in their own filth, but end up bringing their ideals and values with them to the new place, turning that area into what they escaped to begin with.

Tuari on March 28, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Liberals are a lot like dogs. They finally move out of their cage when they can’t stand the stench any longer.

redguy on March 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM

I’m leaving #31 to live in #48 and work in #50. Awesome.

steebo77 on March 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM

The problem is, liberals are included among the migrants. They get tired of living in their own filth, but end up bringing their ideals and values with them to the new place, turning that area into what they escaped to begin with.

Tuari on March 28, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Yes. But it exists on even smaller scales. Here in the People’s Republic of Illinois you will see Lefties fleeing their Utopias for traditionally “reddish” areas within the state. Once settled, they promptly vote in Democrats.

visions on March 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM

This is the reason Liberals must make socialism global. Given the choice people reject Socialism.

Yup. It has to be forced on those being oppressed. People would never choose full socialism voluntarily. Why the liberals have to lie and indoctrinate. By the time most people figure out what’s happened its too late for them.

hawkeye54 on March 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM

That study is obviously broken, my state (NC) is number 3 on their education rating. I refuse to believe that is correct.

nobar on March 28, 2013 at 2:49 PM

I haven’t looked at the ratings criteria, but I’d imagine that NC gets good marks for its University system – of which I am a proud alumnus.

Go Wolfpack.

Defenestratus on March 28, 2013 at 2:58 PM

You mean babies will have the freedom not to be murdered if they have a heartbeat?

steebo77 on March 28, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Evidently the one individual’s right to life is much less important than another individual’s right to convenience.

besser tot als rot on March 28, 2013 at 2:59 PM

I will say this, about Oklahoma, I went to law school with a woman who seemed perfectly normal [1980-1983] …

NOW … she’s a table-pounding Lesbian and a committed Communist.

I kid you not.

And in 2012 she was elected to our House.

Be vigilant, lest your State fall into the malignancy of darkness.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Liberals are a lot like dogs.

redguy on March 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Does that make Obama a cannibal?

Doughboy on March 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Once settled, they promptly vote in Democrats.

Its either idiots who can never understand what drove them to move to red states was what they supported in their former states, or missionaries and advocates of leftism determined to make their new locales just as blue as the ones from which they moved.

hawkeye54 on March 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Surprised Colorado is way up at #19 – must have been calculated before the new gun control laws were put in place.
I see Colorado sliding toward the bottom over the next couple years unless we can recall some of the Dems and put the Repubs back in charge in 2014.

dentarthurdent on March 28, 2013 at 3:01 PM

What is surprising is how many big government Democrats the top 15 states send to the US Senate.

besser tot als rot on March 28, 2013 at 2:57 PM

They also send a lot of big government Republicans, too (Murkowski, Graham, Corker, Alexander, McCain, etc.).

steebo77 on March 28, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I’m very curious how the rankings would sort were New York split between NYC and the rest of the state.

Because being from Syracuse, I can safely say Upstate is a socialist craphole of dying jobs, growing taxes, and mostly one party failure. We are also a glorious bastion of freedom compared to the Stalinist realm that is downstate.

Gingotts on March 28, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Rhode Island, Hawaii, New Jersey, California, and New York came in 46th through last place

this koch-funded think tank apparently took a list of the best places to live in America, and reversed it.

go live in north dakota, nutters.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM

It seems a partisan list if North Dakota is rated one of the freest states, considering the restrictive nature of the upcoming abortion laws.

Mister Mets on March 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Look closely everyone, this is one of those people who thinks subsidized birth control for Georgetown Law Students is an indicator of freedom.

Daemonocracy on March 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Would have thought Maryland would have been lower… Gotta see how the gun bill lands first I guess eh?

Gatsu on March 28, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Colorado down 12 points from 2009 to 2011. Gee, I wonder what could be the reasons for that (Democrat single party rule of the state). Won’t be long until the rats in the state house and senate go after TABOR so they can “free up” (steal) more monies from the productive to funnel to their interest groups (enviro nazis, illegal immigrants, public sector unions, and leeches). By the time the next George Mason report is out, expect to see the state fall much further if the scum currently running it are not voted out (Hick and the other collectivists).

djtnt on March 28, 2013 at 3:04 PM

It seems a partisan list if North Dakota is rated one of the freest states, considering the restrictive nature of the upcoming abortion laws.

Mister Mets on March 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

“Upcoming” (and it’s debatable if they will actually be passed, I suspect not). The study didn’t count possible or upcoming laws.

Although, it did mention smoking bans from which restaurants and bars were exempted. That is no longer true as of November. There is now a statewide smoking ban which does not allow smoking in restaurants or bars, and also bans smoking within twenty feet of any public building entrance (“public” meaning any building that isn’t a private residence, whether the public can actually use the building or not… e.g. private businesses with employee only access are still “public” buildings). At our business, they had to paint a line on the pavement twenty feet form the entrance behind the building where the smokers go, and they must now smoke somewhere beyond that line. Funny thing is, only the smokers use that entrance to the building… there is nothing else back there except a patio for the smokers and it doesnt even connect to the parking lot, so no one uses it as an actual entrance or exit uxcept to go out and smoke at work.

gravityman on March 28, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Once settled, they promptly vote in Democrats.

Its either idiots who can never understand what drove them to move to red states was what they supported in their former states, or missionaries and advocates of leftism determined to make their new locales just as blue as the ones from which they moved.

hawkeye54 on March 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM

That is exactly how California turned into the Marxist Utopian hellhole that it is today.

SWalker on March 28, 2013 at 3:05 PM

And look at that picture of the shrimp and the bugged-eyed yelling maniac.

If that doesn’t scream “last place” nothing does.

I bet they were both the last picks for anyone’s playground team.

Marcus Traianus on March 28, 2013 at 3:07 PM

this koch-funded think tank apparently took a list of the best places to live in America, and reversed it.

go live in north dakota, nutters.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Have you ever been to Rhode Island?

steebo77 on March 28, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Evidently the one individual’s right to life is much less important than another individual’s right to convenience.

besser tot als rot on March 28, 2013 at 2:59 PM

According to the website, they don’t seem to care one way or the other. Abortion laws are not a factor in the personal freedoms category.

http://freedominthe50states.org/how-its-calculated

That seems a bit suspicious. It’s the law of the land, so restrictions should be noted. Or they could present the argument of a right to life the moment there’s a fetal heartbeat, and explicitly include that in calculations.

Mister Mets on March 28, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Is it any surprise that the 10 of the 11 least free states are run by Democrats… or in RI’s case someone who was a RINO until he morphed into an independent.

NY – 50
CA – 49
NJ – 48
HI – 47
RI – 46
IL – 45
MD – 44
VT – 43
WV – 42
MS – 41
CT – 40

NJ has a decidedly not conservative GOP Governor with a Democrat house and senate while MS is the only state here with GOP control.

http://www.imperfectamerica.com

imperfectamerica on March 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Have you ever been to Rhode Island?

steebo77 on March 28, 2013 at 3:07 PM

i urge all of you to move to and stay in north dakota.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM

i urge all of you to move to and stay in north dakota.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Only if all of you agree to relocate to california.

nobar on March 28, 2013 at 3:13 PM

this koch-funded think tank apparently took a list of the best places to live in America, and reversed it.

go live in north dakota, nutters.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Ok let’s be honest, nobody thinks New Jersey is a nice place to live. I go to the Jersey shore every summer in the Cape May area, and it pales in comparison to the beaches South Carolina has to offer.

California is a nice place because of its nice weather and nice people, something you can NOT say about New Jersey or New York.

Hawaii has a gorgeous tropical location, but it’s expensive and surprisingly boring to actually live there.

In order to truly enjoy New York, Rhode Island, and Hawaii you need MONEY. In order to truly enjoy life, you need to make a living and living and working in South Dakota pays. That only applies to people who work of course. It’s probably not shiny or flashy enough for you, but worrying about what’s “cool” shouldn’t be important once you graduate High School.

Who is the nutter, someone with a great paying job surrounded by wide open land and fresh air, or someone squeaking by in a studio apartment surrounded by concrete, germs, and trash? It’s all a matter of perspective.

Daemonocracy on March 28, 2013 at 3:14 PM

this koch-funded think tank apparently took a list of the best places to live in America, and reversed it.

go live in north dakota, nutters.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Tissue?

antipc on March 28, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Tissue?

antipc on March 28, 2013 at 3:15 PM

What he needs is a peach tree switch, vigorously applied by his mother.

MelonCollie on March 28, 2013 at 3:16 PM

My state of Arizona saw a +12 increase in freedom rankings since 2009…now who could have left the state in 2009 to go “manage” elsewhere and allow us to improve…hmmm…

nextgen_repub on March 28, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Is it any surprise that the 10 of the 11 least free states are run by Democrats… or in RI’s case someone who was a RINO until he morphed into an independent.

NY – 50
CA – 49
NJ – 48
HI – 47
RI – 46
IL – 45
MD – 44
VT – 43
WV – 42
MS – 41
CT – 40

NJ has a decidedly not conservative GOP Governor with a Democrat house and senate while MS is the only state here with GOP control.

http://www.imperfectamerica.com

imperfectamerica on March 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM

If the list is accurate (and I’ve expressed my doubts on that) it’s still a chicken and egg argument. Are those states less free because of Democrats, or are Democrats in charge because the residents have different priorities?

Mister Mets on March 28, 2013 at 3:18 PM

It seems a partisan list if North Dakota is rated one of the freest states, considering the restrictive nature of the upcoming abortion laws.

Mister Mets on March 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Absolutely!

The truest essence of freedom is being allowed to murder unborn infants at will.

Solaratov on March 28, 2013 at 3:19 PM

go live in north dakota, nutters.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM

I do live in North Dakota. It’s a great place to live…

3.2% unemployment, more jobs than people to fill them, which is making salaries go up because employers are competing for a limited workforce (you’d die to know what McDonald’s is paying to start… more than some professionals make in most states). Construction is booming and property values are climbing (my house has gone up almost $50k since I bought it two years ago).

You got a problem with North Dakota, you twit?!

gravityman on March 28, 2013 at 3:20 PM

In 1960 New York had 45 Electoral Votes. In 2012 they had 29 Electoral Votes. People are leaving the nanny state in droves.

meci on March 28, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Ok let’s be honest, nobody thinks New Jersey is a nice place to live. I go to the Jersey shore every summer in the Cape May area, and it pales in comparison to the beaches South Carolina has to offer.

California is a nice place because of its nice weather and nice people, something you can NOT say about New Jersey or New York.

Daemonocracy on March 28, 2013 at 3:14 PM

That’s what p-sses me off about California. It should be the crown jewel in this great land of ours. It has literally everything. Beaches, skiing, celebrities, national parks, amusement parks, wine country, deserts, sports teams(aside from the NFL in LA). Yet it’s a bankrupt sh-thole thanks to a majority of people there willingly voting in a bunch of corrupt politicians for decades.

Doughboy on March 28, 2013 at 3:20 PM

this koch-funded think tank apparently took a list of the best places to live in America, and reversed it.

go live in north dakota, nutters.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM

You’d have a little more credibility if you got out of Mommy’s basement.

And, if that basement is in NYC, what have you named your rats the size of cats?

And I, for one, would just love to live in NY and NJ, where people pay to be painted orange.

GFY.

[Note - I can't type the GFY, supra, lest I be exiled, by HotAir, to some NYC basement]

OhEssYouCowboys on March 28, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I’m really struck by the contrast between Tennessee and Mississippi. Mississippi’s a smaller, more rural state — yet apparently, more in the way of regulation.

Robert_Paulson on March 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

What he needs is a peach tree switch, vigorously applied by his mother.

MelonCollie on March 28, 2013 at 3:16 PM

LOL. Here in CA it’s a Tamarack switch that puts the fear of God into you.

antipc on March 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Who is the nutter, someone with a great paying job surrounded by wide open land and fresh air, or someone squeaking by in a studio apartment surrounded by concrete, germs, and trash? It’s all a matter of perspective.

Daemonocracy on March 28, 2013 at 3:14 PM

can you speak louder? i can’t hear you with all the bible-thumping in the background.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

As a lifetime New Yorker..I’m shocked!!!..shocked I tell ya!!!

NOT!!!!

galtg on March 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

In 1960 New York had 45 Electoral Votes. In 2012 they had 29 Electoral Votes. People are leaving the nanny state in droves.

meci on March 28, 2013 at 3:20 PM

WOW!

You just made my day!

TY!

OhEssYouCowboys on March 28, 2013 at 3:22 PM

i urge all of you to move to and stay in north dakota.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Serious question: Have you ever been to North Dakota? It’s actually quite nice.

steebo77 on March 28, 2013 at 3:22 PM

That study is obviously broken, my state (NC) is number 3 on their education rating. I refuse to believe that is correct.

nobar on March 28, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Great. Bad enough we can’t keep the influx of liberals out of the cities, now even more are going to come.

LoganSix on March 28, 2013 at 3:22 PM

can you speak louder? i can’t hear you with all the bible-thumping in the background.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

You’d rather be surrounded by trash, traffic, street criminals, occasionally gangs, etc., than by Christians? How enlightened of you.

steebo77 on March 28, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Besides the top 5 and bottom 5 is someone going to do a correlation between Democrats and Republicans? I would do it, but I’m in California and I’m too busy dealing with regulations, it’s too expensive, and I think it’s illegal here.

InterestedObserver on March 28, 2013 at 3:24 PM

And the least free state in America, is… None other than the legislative haunt of Gov. Andrew “confiscation could be an option” Cuomo

And Chris Christie himself has said the he agrees with Andrew Cuomo on 98% of the issues.

Tell me again why we are supposed to support Chris Christie?

RJL on March 28, 2013 at 3:25 PM

can you speak louder? i can’t hear you with all the bible-thumping in the background.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Can you speak a little louder? I can’t hear you with all the gang violence in the background.

nobar on March 28, 2013 at 3:26 PM

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Bible-thumping? Really? All I heard was a statement reminiscent of what Utopianists tell us should be good for us.

antipc on March 28, 2013 at 3:26 PM

i urge all of you to move to and stay in north dakota.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM

They are staying and they are moving to North Dakota, unlike New York. How many congressional districts did New York lose?

RJL on March 28, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Being an OKIE, I read the whole thing thinking there was something of which to be proud. Well forget it. Their in-detail description, i.e. justification for the rating, has almost nothing positive and if I was a stranger to the state, I would think they were talking about north korea. They put the taxes at over 7%, but the maximum income tax is less than 5%. They also complained about too much money for highway construction. We are a large state with a small population. Many towns are 30 miles apart, and unlike the northeast, we only started building roads in 1907. We use turnpikes because of the vast amount of through-state traffic. You know Mexico to quebec and californika to anywhere. Oklahoma has the largest temperature extremes in The US, -20F to +120F. That is a road builder’s nightmare.

I also realize that penalties for marijuana are the most important item to the evaluators. However, they are not sitting across the main drug highway in the US. We get a lot of stuff Hecho in Mexico here.

Old Country Boy on March 28, 2013 at 3:27 PM

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Awwww, sesqui finally got out of his therapy session and got online. And, here I was, just now wondering where all our quality trolls were.

GWB on March 28, 2013 at 3:28 PM

can you speak louder? i can’t hear you with all the bible-thumping in the background.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Is the bible thumping coming from your end? Not much of it here in Connecticut where I am.

Daemonocracy on March 28, 2013 at 3:32 PM

They are staying and they are moving to North Dakota, unlike New York. How many congressional districts did New York lose?

RJL on March 28, 2013 at 3:27 PM

i’m listening to the world-class fargo philharmonic as we speak.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Awwww, sesqui finally got out of his therapy session and got online. And, here I was, just now wondering where all our quality trolls were.

GWB on March 28, 2013 at 3:28 PM

well, flyover country needs my tax dollars, so i’ve been busy.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Is the bible thumping coming from your end? Not much of it here in Connecticut where I am.

Daemonocracy on March 28, 2013 at 3:32 PM

#40 on the list, you’re practically a slave.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Disappointing to see that Wyoming is ranking so low. I’ll have to talk to the state legislatures about this.

Jackalope on March 28, 2013 at 3:36 PM

That’s what p-sses me off about California. It should be the crown jewel in this great land of ours. It has literally everything. Beaches, skiing, celebrities, national parks, amusement parks, wine country, deserts, sports teams(aside from the NFL in LA). Yet it’s a bankrupt sh-thole thanks to a majority of people there willingly voting in a bunch of corrupt politicians for decades.

Doughboy on March 28, 2013 at 3:20 PM

All those attractions most likely played a part in California’s decline. Like the Romans getting free bread and entertainment at the coliseum, the people were distracted.

Daemonocracy on March 28, 2013 at 3:37 PM

sesquipedalian

Do you know how to argue using the merits of your arguments rather than attacking the character of your opponents? Nobody listens to a jerk, but you probably know that, you are here to offend, not debate.

Jackalope on March 28, 2013 at 3:38 PM

#40 on the list, you’re practically a slave.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Yeah, it sucks. Most people here are miserable and depressed, and the bars are filled with high maintenance fat chicks expecting you to buy them drinks.

I’m out in two years. You can have the Northeast. I would love for this country to break up, you can take all the illegals too.

Daemonocracy on March 28, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Jackalope on March 28, 2013 at 3:36 PM

I would’ve thought that Wyoming was in the Top 5.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 28, 2013 at 3:40 PM

squishy’s quite the angry little bigot, ain’t she?

I guess you haven’t lived the dream unless you’ve waded through a puddle of homeless man’s urine.

CurtZHP on March 28, 2013 at 3:40 PM

i’m listening to the world-class fargo philharmonic as we speak.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Now, I see the problem. Sesqui thinks we folks here in North Dakota ain’t cultured or high-falutin’ enough for him. He thinks we is all just a bunch of redneck hicks sittin’ in Jimbo’s corn field with a hay straw in our mouths swillin’ on our canned beer.

Stereotype much?

Maybe you ought to try some of our chokecherry wine… we do indeed make wine up here in North Dakota. We have some quite good viticulturists up here… why yes, I actually know what a “viticulturist” is, even though I’m from that podunk hick state of North Dakota.

gravityman on March 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

i’m listening to the world-class fargo philharmonic as we speak.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:34 PM

I’d rather listen to a CD of Nugent’s Stranglehold, in a pick-up truck in a North Dakota field, than the ruminations of a 45 year old basement dweller, in a city where one of your own dictates the cup size of your soft drink.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, freedom in NYC.

Pissant. Go try and grab a Big Gulp – and then tell your Nanny that you need a nappy … and that you need to be told that you need a nappy.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 28, 2013 at 3:45 PM

As a Tennessean who loves New Jersey AND New York, I hope sometime our northeastern brothers and sisters can see the light.

ddrintn on March 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Yeah, it sucks. Most people here are miserable and depressed, and the bars are filled with high maintenance fat chicks expecting you to buy them drinks.

I’m out in two years.

Daemonocracy on March 28, 2013 at 3:39 PM

i hope oklahoma works out for you.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM

i’m listening to the world-class fargo philharmonic as we speak.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:34 PM

The Nashville Symphony’s pretty darn good.

ddrintn on March 28, 2013 at 3:47 PM

squishy’s quite the angry little bigot, ain’t she?

I guess you haven’t lived the dream unless you’ve waded through a puddle of homeless man’s urine.

CurtZHP on March 28, 2013 at 3:40 PM

And fallen, face first, in a mix of his vomit and semen.

Which is the part that sesquipedalian REALLY likes.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 28, 2013 at 3:47 PM

How is LA/MS/WI in the next lowest tier? Were they in the bottom five before?

22044 on March 28, 2013 at 2:45 PM

They don’t like the drug laws, or mandatory minimums. That seems to be a big factor.

The danger in taking a study like this too seriously is that their method of ranking may not be what you would consider “free” at all. Mississippi, for example, is criticized specifically for the harshness of its laws against marijuana usage.

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Living in Texas has been an eye-opener since leaving California. Living is cheaper, building is easier. Dealing with the government has been, for the most part, a pleasure. Mostly because there’s been so little of it. The vast majority of the people here seem to have more common sense. And, they are nicer.

Yeah. The weather isn’t always as nice. It is more interesting, though. That isn’t enough to make up for the differences. I really don’t miss California all that much.

trigon on March 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM

why yes, I actually know what a “viticulturist” is, even though I’m from that podunk hick state of North Dakota.

gravityman on March 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

ND is teeming with oenophile sesquipedalians.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM

I would’ve thought that Wyoming was in the Top 5.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 28, 2013 at 3:40 PM

I’m going to have to look into this. The articles says that Wyoming has “the highest taxes as a percentage of personal income in the region.” But we have no state income tax, no corporate tax, sales tax is 5%, cigarette taxes are low…I’d like to see the data on their calculations.

Jackalope on March 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM

i’m listening to the world-class fargo philharmonic as we speak.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Bet your dad booed Roger Maris, too.

Mr. D on March 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Good news, Georgia is #9. Bad news, I expect more liberals from the northeast to move to Atlanta. I don’t get it, they leave blue states to escape liberal laws yet they continue to vote for people that support the same policies that caused them to move in the first place.

midgeorgian on March 28, 2013 at 3:51 PM

go live in north dakota, nutters.

sesquipedalian on March 28, 2013 at 3:02 PM

F@CK you a$$hole.
Have you ever been to North Dakota?
I’ve lived in a lot of states in my 43 years.
This is one of the best.
Mostly bcs it isn’t populated with such an overwhelming number of worthless d-bags like yourself.
You have no idea WTF it is like here.

Badger40 on March 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

I guess you haven’t lived the dream unless you’ve waded through a puddle of homeless man’s urine.

CurtZHP on March 28, 2013 at 3:40 PM

In its defense, San Francisco does employ a team of workers with hoses to spray the bum piss off the main pedestrian thoroughfares each evening. Can’t say the same for New York.

steebo77 on March 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Extra Commentary:

But then, a urine soaked, vomit and semen encrusted New York City inhabitant is considered a work of “art,” in Freakland.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 28, 2013 at 3:54 PM

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