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Rankings - Education

1. Arizona 2. Indiana 3. Florida 4. Georgia 5. Louisiana 6. North Carolina 7. Virginia 8. New Hampshire 9. Rhode Island 10. Oklahoma 11. Pennsylvania 12. Iowa 13. Wisconsin 14. Vermont 15. Illinois 16. Ohio 17. Minnesota
18. South Carolina 19. Utah 20. Mississippi 21. Alabama 22. Kansas 23. Idaho 24. Montana 25. Missouri 26. New Jersey 27. Arkansas 28. Texas 29. Colorado 30. Delaware 31. Oregon 32. Kentucky 33. New Mexico 34. California
35. Alaska 36. New York 37. Connecticut 38. Hawaii 39. West Virginia 40. Massachusetts 41. Maine 42. Wyoming 43. South Dakota 44. Tennessee 45. Nebraska 46. Michigan 47. North Dakota 48. Washington 49. Nevada 50. Maryland

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We score all 50 states on over 200 policies encompassing fiscal policy, regulatory policy, and personal freedom. We weight public policies according to the estimated costs that government restrictions on freedom impose on their victims.

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The Authors

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William P. Ruger

William P. Ruger is Vice President of Policy and Research at the Charles Koch Institute and Charles Koch Foundation. Ruger is the author of the biography Milton Friedman and a coauthor of The State of Texas: Government, Politics, and Policy. His work has been published in International Studies Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Armed Forces and Society, and other outlets. Ruger earned an AB from the College of William and Mary and a PhD in politics from Brandeis University. He is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.

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Jason Sorens

Jason Sorens is Lecturer in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. His primary research interests include fiscal federalism, public policy in federal systems, secessionism, and ethnic politics. His work has been published in International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Peace Research, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and other academic journals, and his book Secessionism: Identity, Interest, and Strategy was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2012. Sorens received his BA in economics and philosophy, with honors, from Washington and Lee University and his PhD in political science from Yale University.