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Number 3: Tennessee

Ranking states by freedom.

9 Responses to “Number 3: Tennessee”

  1. Wolfwood Says:

    I’d take this with a grain of salt. It got several things wrong about Virginia.

  2. Peter Says:

    I live in Delaware, which moved up 9 places. I don’t think freedom has increased in Delaware. It just decreased in the 9 states that fell below Delaware.

  3. TomJB Says:

    NH fell from 2 to 4. The liberal invasion from Mass has started to take effect. Look for it to continue to drop a couple spots every election cycle.

  4. Kristophr Says:

    Wyoming belongs at the top of that chart.

    Our tax/population ratio is high only because the state charges a severance tax on any energy products leaving the state.

    Wyoming makes the rest of the US pay tribute for fuel.

    Individual tax rates are nearly non-existent. A property tax rate that hasn’t changed since the middle of the twentieth century, and a base sales tax rate of 4% ( with maybe an extra percent or two in some towns. )

  5. Bram Says:

    Massachusetts is 30? They belong in the high 40’s.

  6. chris Says:

    I like the recommendations for Tn.

  7. Fuz Says:

    @Kristopher:
    Wyoming preens itself on its drug enforcement along the Interstate highways. They also proudly piss away a lot of tax revenue on their public schools. You can’t swing a dead cat over your head without hitting an elem school in Cheyenne.
    And try getting a license to sell alcoholic beverages in Cheyenne. There’s a weird mix of artificial scarcity and Old Boys Network.
    I live in Wyoming and I’m disappointed its ranking isn’t higher. But it earned its lower ranking fair and square.

  8. Kristophr Says:

    Public school funding is in the Wyoming state constitution, so that isn’t going away without some major changes, Fuz.

    Homeschoolers are merely required to mail the local board a curriculum list, and have 175 teaching days each year. They send out a bunch of paperwork, but they can’t do anything about parents who just throw their forms away and laugh at them.

    About the only state that doesn’t screw up liquor sales is Nevada, where they sell it in the high traffic aisles in 7-11s.

    And not everyone thinks drug legalization is incredibly important, although we do need to ban civil forfeiture in this state.

  9. Fuz Says:

    Kristophr, I like the cut of your jib. Where do you blog?