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    20 Feb 2015

    New Map Shows Americans Where to Go If They Crave Freedom and Liberty

    The John Locke Foundation has released the “2015 First in Freedom Index” which ranks states by how much personal freedom it’s residents enjoy. The ranking is based on an analysis of each state’s fiscal, education, regulatory and healthcare policies. 
    To put together the “2015 First in Freedom Index,” researchers looked at over 60 variables in four major public policy area:
    • Fiscal Policy, including taxes and government spending is 50 percent;
    • Education Policy, including public and private school choice is 20 percent;
    • Regulatory Policy, including land use, occupational licensing, and tort reform is 20 percent; and
    • Healthcare Policy, including health insurance is 10 percent.
    Washington, D.C., U.S. territories, and related jurisdictions were not included due to data limitations.

    Here’s a closer look at the data that was considered in this analysis:

    Fiscal Policy:
    Fiscal Policy consists of four sub-variables: tax burden, consumption expenditures by government, subsidies, and social insurance payments. Each sub-variable is rated on a 10-point scale and then weighted at twenty-five percent, three, four, and three percent respectively. The total weighted score for all sub-variables are what constitute the overall fiscal ranking which encompasses thirty-five percent of the total First in Freedom Index.
    Education Policy:
    The Educational Freedom ranking includes 18 variables. Eight of the variables rank state spending and participation in private school choice programs, such as tax
    credit scholarships, vouchers, and Education Savings Accounts (ESA). Eight of the variables examine public school choice, including virtual schools, charter schools,
    open enrollment, and expanding the teaching pool. The final two variables rank states based on the percentage of school-aged children in home schools and legal restrictions to homeschooling. All variables represent the latest data available from their respective sources.
    Regulatory Policy:
    The Regulatory Freedom ranking comprises six sets of variables. They concern measures of regulations over land use, the labor market, utilities, occupational freedom, torts, and insurance. With the exception of torts, each major category of variables consists of several subvariables.

    Healthcare Policy:
    The health care variables selected from the Mercatus Center’s First In Freedom index measure how many states enforce certain health care regulations and the stringency
    of each state’s regulation. The selected variables have been weighted based on their overall impact on personal freedom for consumers, health care providers, and insurers.

    Read More:http://www.johnlocke.org/research/show_story.html?id=260&type=policy%20reports 
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    3. SooriamoorthyFebruary 20, 2015

      Michael Fallon is as silly as a British minister gets to be, and British ministers can be unbelievably silly indeed.

    4. By saying that the "science is settled" one is saying that the gavel has come down and that authority has spoken and that anyone's argument with silly things like the facts or deductive reasoning is to be ignored. More than anything else it is in the arena of science an omission of fear. A bully has much to hide, much to fear, much to lie about and no amount of information will stand in the way of remaining in a position of authority.

    5. nobodysaysBOOFebruary 20, 2015

      What about: crime,over immigration,police killings,gov't fraud,crooked politicians,prices,unemployment,poverty,social benefits?
      These make all the difference like the same family income in CT.is granted food stamps and food bank services;however that same family with the same income is denied these same benefits in Arkansas.
      It just aint fair man.

    6. another zionist nazi speaks, sir you are a arrogant human being, i hope russia destroys you and your nazi zionist nato

    7. whiteaglesoaringFebruary 20, 2015

      USUKNATO has bases, military exercises, and overflights of Russia and now they complain that Russia responds in kind? Clearl provocations do demand a measured response, after all.

    8. Oh god, Putin won't sleep for a month. he will be sooooooo concerned that this bozo is going to step up the UK nuclear capability!
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    10. What PJ said.

    11. Thomas BraunFebruary 20, 2015

      kinda a waste-of-time and worthless poll. Like fish is good for you, BUT, OOPS, forgot to check for mercury. Either do a comprehensive review, or none at all.

    12. NATO=Nazi American Terror Organization.


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