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Rankings - Economic

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

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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.