American freedom has been gradually eroded over the last few years, new studies have discovered, the COVID-19 pandemic has given local officials more power in their daily lives.
New research by Cato InstituteA Washington, DC think tank that promotes personal freedom, small government, and the free market has evaluated each of the 50 states under 23 different categories and created an overall ranking.
The freest and least free states haven’t changed-New York is the least free and Hawaii California, And New Hampshire, Florida and Nevada are the free.
According to the Cato Institute, New York is ranked 50th in “degree of freedom” and New Hampshire is number one.
William Ruger and Jason Sorens, researchers at the Cato Institute who compiled the annual report, said their analysis showed that individual freedom was totally reduced.
“Some rights have increased significantly in certain regions, but for the average American, freedom is generally reduced due to federal policies, including violations of state-controlled policies 20 years ago. I did, “they say.
They looked at factors that vary from state to state, such as taxation, marriage restrictions, rules regarding car seatbelts and motorcycle helmets, and marijuana and gambling laws.
New Hampshire was at the bottom of the land use and marriage equality rankings with the motto “Live or die freely”, but of course, it was at or near the top of most indicators.
“We base the concept of freedom on the framework of individual rights. In our view, individuals make their lives, freedoms and property in a way that they deem appropriate, as long as they do not violate the rights of others. You should be allowed to dispose of it, “the author writes.
“This understanding of freedom is based on the liberal ideas of natural rights of John Locke, Immanuel Kant, and Robert Nozick, but is also consistent with the practicalism of rights-creating rules such as Herbert Spencer.”
Economic freedom includes both fiscal and regulatory policies.
Florida was ranked as the most free state without personal income tax.
“Florida is particularly good at financial freedom and even fiscal policy,” the author writes.
“Sure, it’s our best condition in both.
“Regulatory policies have improved, but they are mediocre compared to the financial side.”
Following Florida is Tennessee and the third New Hampshire.
“There is no income tax in Volunteer States, and both state and local taxes are well below the national average,” the report said.
The overall tax burden in New Hampshire is well below the national average of 8.1%. State government taxes are lower than in any state except Alaska.
According to the average personal income tax rate for all taxpayers is 13.3 percent. Tax Foundation Report from February 2021.
There are Republican governors in all three states.
Arizona, Florida and Indiana are leading the way in education, taking into account the requirements and limitations of private and homeschooling.
The most restrictive state is North Dakota, ranked 50, followed by Nebraska and Michigan.
“North Dakota continues to be the worst state in the country in terms of freedom of education,” the author writes.
“Both private and homeschooled schools are more regulated than anywhere else, and the state has no choice of private or public schools.”
The Cato Institute, North Dakota Republican Governor Doug Burgum, eliminates teacher licenses, state mandatory approvals, detailed curriculum requirements for private schools, and burdens homeschooling family notifications and record keeping. It is recommended to reduce it.
Maryland (46th in Freedom of Education) is one of the least flexible states in the country and has maintained this status since the start of the 2000 time series. ” ..
Homeschools and private schools are tightly regulated, the latter even more tightly thanks to the state’s compulsory approval and teacher licenses.
The state increased the number of years of compulsory education from 11 to 12 years in 2014 and to 13 years in 2017.
Idaho, North Dakota, and Nebraska are considered the freest states of health insurance.
Socially and economically conservative states protect the independence of nurse practitioners, and physician assistants have full prescribing authority.
Hospitals do not have a required certificate requirement.
The most regulated states are New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
Health insurance obligations are widespread in New Jersey at the bottom of the list.
In 2013, the freedom of independent practice of nurse practitioners was abolished, even though more states were moving in the opposite direction.
In 2018, New Jersey enacted state-level personal health insurance obligations.
The Cato Institute ranked states based on the freedom of couples to enter into private contracts in both civil unions or marriages.
In 11 states, it has become just as easy for couples to get married.
The states ranged from deep democratic California and Hawaii to the solid Republican Tennessee.
Seven states, Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, are at the bottom of the table, all of which are the biggest barriers.
Many believe that Texas has the most free gun control, but in reality it is Kansas that has the least restrictive gun control policy.
Unlicensed open carry was legalized in 2013, and unauthorized hidden carry was enacted in 2015.
American citizens, both legal and illegal, own an estimated 393 million firearms. According to the Small Arms Survey, this is more than all the firearms in the 24 countries that report the highest ownership of civilian guns.
However, only one in three Americans reports that they own a gun, and 44% live in a home with a gun. That is, most gun owners have multiple guns.
In 2020, there were estimated sales of at least one million guns in four states: Texas, Florida, California, and Pennsylvania.
Kansas may have the most liberal gun control, but most guns are held in Wyoming, followed by Montana and Alaska.
Iowa, Massachusetts and Nebraska have the lowest gun ownership, including Washington DC.
Massachusetts, California, and Hawaii have the most restrictive gun ownership rules.
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