STUDY: TX 14th, LA 37th freest state in US

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 11:02am

A study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University shows Texas to be the 14th freest state in the United States.

In the latest edition of "Freedom in the 50 States," dozens of categories were reviewed and readers ranked the states based on the freedoms that matter most to them.

While Texas ranks 14th in overall economic freedom, it ranks 10 in fiscal policy, 24th in regulatory policy and 31st in personal freedom. Texas also ranks 1st in labor market freedom and has one of the lowest tax burdens in the country.

Although Texas remains in the top 20, it fell from its 8th place finish in 2011.

Despite Louisiana's ranking jumping eight spots from 2011, it still finishes in the bottom half of most free states at 37th. It ranks 17th in fiscal policy, 46th in regulatory policy and 40th in personal freedom.

New York rounds out the bottom half of the rankings coming in at 50th in overall freedom.

To see the complete study by the Mercatus Center, visit Freedom in the 50 States.


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