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In this episode of The Heartland Institute’s weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, research fellow and managing editor Jesse Hathaway talks with Dartmouth College lecturer Jason Sorens about “Freedom in the 50 States,” a comprehensive study ranking all 50 states on how well they protect individuals’ civil and economic freedom.
Sorens, a lecturer at Dartmouth College’s Department of Government and director of Dartmouth’ University’s Political Economy Project explains the study’s results, and why personal, financial, and economic freedom all combine to affect people’s lives, and how lawmakers can get government out of the way, so people will be free to live their lives.
Sorens says “Freedom in the 50 States” examines over 230 different empirical variables in all 50 states, on categories such as government incarceration rates relative to crime rates, government spending and tax structures, and many other important freedoms, all quantified and arranged for easy comparison and review.
Generally speaking, Sorens says population and migration trends show that people are moving from less-free states to freer states by voting with their feet. Sorens explains how state lawmakers wishing to attract people to live in their state, and not in other states, can compete for people’s residency by enacting pro-freedom reforms.