Freedom vs. The Nanny State: How Does Your State Rate?
States with lower taxes and fewer regulations produce more jobs and lower costs of living.
In fact, states with less economic freedom are the ones which people leave … and those people move to states with more freedom.
There is also a strong correlation between the “Free vs. Big Government” states and which Presidential candidates won those states for Election 2016.
Here are the Top Ten states which voted for Hillary Clinton by the widest margins:
- New York
- Rhode Island
- New Jersey
These blue states have terrible rankings on liberty and economic indices, including:
- High taxes
- Burdensome regulations
- Lavish welfare benefits
- Bans on energy/oil drilling
- Exorbitant cost of living
- Union dominance
- Restrictive land-use
- Rising crime rates
- High minimum wage rates
These states have followed every step in the progressive playbook, and they are dying from the flight of human capital from the state. Nearly 3 million residents have fled New York and California—alone!
Now, here are the Top Ten states which supported Donald Trump by the widest margins:
- West Virginia
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
The red states—which went for Trump–tend to have:
- lower taxes
- fewer regulations
- Twice the job creation rate of blue states
They have experienced an incredible net increase in immigration. Americans want to live in low-tax, low-cost, high-freedom states like the ones above.
The two largest conservative states, Florida and Texas, gained a record 1,000,000 new residents each. Who can blame them? Both states have no income tax, businesses face minimal regulations. They are both right-to-work states where prospective homeowners and business owners don’t have to worry about losing what they have worked so hard to earn.
Here is the list of all the states based no their freedom ranking. #50 is the least free, while #1 is the most free state. The states which Hillary Clinton won are in blue, while the states which Donald Trump won are in red.
41.Kentucky (Like West Virginia, Democrats dominated the state legislature until very recently)
39.West Virginia (This state was reliably blue for Presidential elections until 2000. Only recently have Republicans taken over the state legislature, which can override a Governor’s veto with a simple majority)
36.Mississippi (See Kentucky)
35.Ohio (Union power is still strong in this state, but it’s on the wane)
34.Louisiana (See Kentucky)
21.Virginia (This state has turned blue in the last ten years because of the growing number of federal employees, especially in the Northern part of the state)
11.Nevada (Las Vegas’ union machines still control the state for Presidential elections)
10.Colorado (Republicans have blocked the Democrats’ progressive agenda at the state level and are slowly taking back the state from inordinate corporate influence)
3.Indiana (This was a key state for Trump’s election and for Republican Control of the United States Senate)
1.New Hampshire (New Hampshire is notorious for ticket-splitting. For the first time in decades, the Granite State has a GOP trifecta at the state level, i.e. Republicans control the state legislature and the governor’s office. More reforms will probably turn New Hampshire into a red state for Presidential elections)
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