By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 10:16 am in Think tanks.
A new study artfully described by California Watch’s Lance Williams says the Golden State ranks third from the bottom when it comes to infringements on personal freedoms. Only New York and New Jersey place more restrictions on their citizens, according to the Mercatus Center in Virginia.
I bring this up after one of my earlier posts about the passage of an anti-smoking law in the state Senate generated quite a bit of debate.
The libertarian Mercatus Center writes a far different narrative than the one we usually read about, those where California is at the forefront of social and environmental progress.
Here is a small portion of the story:
Want freedom? Leave California for South Dakota, report says
The economy’s in the tank – unemployment has been in double digits for a couple of years.
The state budget has a $10.8 billion hole in it.
It’s June, but yesterday it was 53 degrees and raining in the Bay Area.
And now, just to make us feel even worse about the Golden State, here comes a study by social scientists at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, Va.
They say that California ranks 48th in the nation – that is, third from dead last – for having policies and laws that adversely “affect individual freedoms in the economic, social and personal spheres.”
If you want to be free, leave Lotus Land for New Hampshire or South Dakota, say the report’s authors, professors William Ruger of Texas State University and Jason Sorens of the University at Buffalo.
People there face lower taxes, fewer rules and far less governmental hassling than Californians, their study reports. New York and New Jersey are the only places in the country where life is more restrictive, they say.
“Mercatus” means “market” in Latin. The Mercatus Center “works to advance knowledge about how markets work to improve our lives,” its website says.
The professors who wrote the analysis view the world through a libertarian lens. They rank the states on a long list of policies and laws. (Click here to read the rest of the story.)