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New Study Ranks States by Freedom: All Hail New Hampshire

They like their freedom in New Hampshire and it shows. A new study shows the Granite State ranks as the most free of the fifty states. The bluest of the blue states held the bottom four positions on the freedom scale: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and California. Draw your own conclusions about how freedom impacts opportunity and jobs. New Hampshire’s unemployment rate was 4.7% at the end of April compared to a national average of 9% and California came in at 11.9%.

H/T: The RealREVO

While some people will trade away their personal freedom for government freebies, most Americans cherish their freedom. They recognize the ability to make their own decisions comes with the responsibility of accepting the consequences. All things considered, most conservative Americans would like to mostly be left alone. Conservatives expect the government to take care of basic things like infrastructure, defense, insuring a level playing field in commerce and providing a basic safety net for those who are truly vulnerable.

Our federal government sees things far differently. The nanny state kicked into hyperdrive with the election of Obama. It sure has come at a high cost to personal liberty. The feds have ramped it up from merely mandating the type of lightbulb we’ll use to mandating that every American will purchase health insurance. Many Americans had an immediate “are you serious?” reaction. Nancy Pelosi asked the same question with a different intent. The American people demoted her for that. You might say they went all New Hampshire on Nancy.

Of course, as the study shows, a lot of states like to double down on the fed’s nanny state. Dependent voters are somewhat easier to control. I don’t know about you, but I think if I was living in a state that ranked in the bottom third I would be getting the heck out of Dodge, er, New York. While I still can.

texasgalt
Texas native. Conservative small businessman with 31 years experience. Government should roll back the nanny state. No country can tax its way to prosperity. The question isn't who will let me but who will stop me?

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  1. Wow! I’m shocked that Illinois only comes in at #41. Guess our esteemed Governor Quinn has some work left to do in order to get us down there with New York and California. I bet he and his minions will be eagerly awaiting next year’s rankings…

  2. Thank you for this one Texas Galt. This is the kind of column I love to write about. Let’s look at the states ranked in the bottom third:
    35. Louisiana
    36. West Virginia
    37. New Mexico
    38. Connecticut
    39. Washington
    40. Delaware
    41. Illinois
    42. Ohio
    43. Maryland
    44. Alaska
    45. Rhode Island
    46. Massachusetts
    47. Hawaii
    48. California
    49. New Jersey
    50. New York

    New Jersey has actually moved up one spot from before when Corzine was Governor, but Christie has a lot of work left to do. I think the three states with the best shot at moving up and perhaps out of the bottom third are Louisiana, New Mexico, and Ohio. Some may be surprised that Alaska is ranked 44, but not me. In many ways Alaska is more like a federal territory than a sovereign state. They had a chance to move toward more independence and state sovereignty in 2010, but they reelected Lisa Murkowski and remain a vassal to their federal feudal lord.

    • Stack, I didn’t have any idea. I also had no idea that NH has such a huge legislative body- over 400 representatives. that’s getting pretty close to the people. And then y’all elect your governor every TWO years.

      Interestingly, Republicans have a near super majority in the House and Senate while the governor is a Democrat.

      • and…they only get paid 100.00 per session. They are not, essentially, paid to do this job. I love that.

        The Gov. is popular enough, but he ran last time against a guy that didn’t resonate…while the GOP improved its majority. A better candidate might have unseated Lynch.
        2012 might just change all that…if they find a better GOP candidate…and we may have the GOP in each branch then…and that doesn’t happen a while lot here.

        • Apologies-it’s 200 to 250 per term plus mileage:

          https://www.nh.gov/constitution/house.html

          [Art.] 15. [Compensation of the Legislature.] The presiding officers of both houses of the legislature, shall severally receive out of the state treasury as compensation in full for their services for the term elected the sum of $250, and all other members thereof, seasonably attending and not departing without license, the sum of $200 and each member shall receive mileage for actual daily attendance on legislative days, but not after the legislature shall have been in session for 45 legislative days or after the first day of July following the annual assembly of the legislature, whichever occurs first; provided, however, that, when a special session shall be called by the governor or by a 2/3 vote of the then qualified members of each branch of the general court, such officers and members shall receive for attendance an additional compensation of $3 per day for a period not exceeding 15 days and the usual mileage. Nothing herein shall prevent the payment of additional mileage to members attending committee meetings or on other legislative business on nonlegislative days.

          June 2, 1784
          Amended 1792 requiring state to pay wages instead of town.
          Amended 1889 setting salary for members at $200 and for officers at $250 with $3 per day for special sessions.
          Amended 1960 limiting mileage to 90 legislative days.
          Amended 1984 limiting mileage to 45 legislative days in each annual session.

  3. The worst part of the flight to freedom is that it includes a lot of blue state liberals who then proceed to make their new state just like their old one. Colorado used to be a fairly free state until all the people moved in from other states and started nannying up the place.

  1. Wow! I’m shocked that Illinois only comes in at #41. Guess our esteemed Governor Quinn has some work left to do in order to get us down there with New York and California. I bet he and his minions will be eagerly awaiting next year’s rankings…

  2. Thank you for this one Texas Galt. This is the kind of column I love to write about. Let’s look at the states ranked in the bottom third:
    35. Louisiana
    36. West Virginia
    37. New Mexico
    38. Connecticut
    39. Washington
    40. Delaware
    41. Illinois
    42. Ohio
    43. Maryland
    44. Alaska
    45. Rhode Island
    46. Massachusetts
    47. Hawaii
    48. California
    49. New Jersey
    50. New York

    New Jersey has actually moved up one spot from before when Corzine was Governor, but Christie has a lot of work left to do. I think the three states with the best shot at moving up and perhaps out of the bottom third are Louisiana, New Mexico, and Ohio. Some may be surprised that Alaska is ranked 44, but not me. In many ways Alaska is more like a federal territory than a sovereign state. They had a chance to move toward more independence and state sovereignty in 2010, but they reelected Lisa Murkowski and remain a vassal to their federal feudal lord.

    • Stack, I didn’t have any idea. I also had no idea that NH has such a huge legislative body- over 400 representatives. that’s getting pretty close to the people. And then y’all elect your governor every TWO years.

      Interestingly, Republicans have a near super majority in the House and Senate while the governor is a Democrat.

      • and…they only get paid 100.00 per session. They are not, essentially, paid to do this job. I love that.

        The Gov. is popular enough, but he ran last time against a guy that didn’t resonate…while the GOP improved its majority. A better candidate might have unseated Lynch.
        2012 might just change all that…if they find a better GOP candidate…and we may have the GOP in each branch then…and that doesn’t happen a while lot here.

        • Apologies-it’s 200 to 250 per term plus mileage:

          https://www.nh.gov/constitution/house.html

          [Art.] 15. [Compensation of the Legislature.] The presiding officers of both houses of the legislature, shall severally receive out of the state treasury as compensation in full for their services for the term elected the sum of $250, and all other members thereof, seasonably attending and not departing without license, the sum of $200 and each member shall receive mileage for actual daily attendance on legislative days, but not after the legislature shall have been in session for 45 legislative days or after the first day of July following the annual assembly of the legislature, whichever occurs first; provided, however, that, when a special session shall be called by the governor or by a 2/3 vote of the then qualified members of each branch of the general court, such officers and members shall receive for attendance an additional compensation of $3 per day for a period not exceeding 15 days and the usual mileage. Nothing herein shall prevent the payment of additional mileage to members attending committee meetings or on other legislative business on nonlegislative days.

          June 2, 1784
          Amended 1792 requiring state to pay wages instead of town.
          Amended 1889 setting salary for members at $200 and for officers at $250 with $3 per day for special sessions.
          Amended 1960 limiting mileage to 90 legislative days.
          Amended 1984 limiting mileage to 45 legislative days in each annual session.

  3. The worst part of the flight to freedom is that it includes a lot of blue state liberals who then proceed to make their new state just like their old one. Colorado used to be a fairly free state until all the people moved in from other states and started nannying up the place.

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