New Study Looks At Freedoms In American States

06.16.11 | Sarah Harnisch

New York State came in dead last in a recent study that looks at the overall freedom of each state in America. The study, by George Mason University, looked at several factors to determine which states were freer than others. Researchers looked at each state's fiscal policies, regulatory policies, and economic and personal freedoms. The Keystone State came in at number 20. Pennsylvania was boosted by liberal gaming laws and minimal regulations on smoking. The Empire State was dead last due to high taxes and restrictive laws on guns and tobacco. Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli said,"If you're the highest taxed state in the nation, does that promote positive growth? Absolutely not. If you're the most regulated state in the nation, is that something positive? I don't see it."