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Rankings - Land

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

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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.