Which States Are Most Free?

Which States Are Most Free?

State and Local Policy Project, Spending and Budget Initiative

Please join the Mercatus Center at George Mason University for a discussion at the Cato Institute on the new edition of Jason Sorens and William Ruger’s study, "Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom," published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and released June 7, 2011.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 8, 2011
4:00 pm (reception to follow)

WHERE: The Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

WHO: Jason Sorens, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Buffalo (SUNY), Affiliated Scholar, Mercatus Center
William Ruger, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Texas State University - San Marcos, Affiliated Scholar, Mercatus Center
Comments by Michael Barone, Washington Examiner and The Almanac of American Politics and moderated by John Samples, Cato Institute.

In the study, political scientists Jason Sorens and William Ruger comprehensively rank the American states on their public policies that affect economic, social, and personal freedoms.

Two intriguing findings of the statistical analysis are:

  1. Americans are voting with their feet and moving to states with more economic and personal freedom.
  2. Economic freedom correlates with economic growth.

In light of this upcoming report, we’d like to invite you to join us for a policy forum on Wednesday, June 8 which will look at the states that are the most free (New Hampshire, South Dakota, Indiana, Idaho, Missouri), the states that are least free (Massachusetts, Hawaii, California, New Jersey, New York) and the policies that make this the case.

To RSVP, please visit Cato’s website, fax (202) 371-0841, or call (202) 789-5229 by noon on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. For those joining us online, a live stream will be available.

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