Does Ohio lack liberty?

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010


It's a free country, but the amount of freedom varies from state to state, according to George Mason University's Mercatus Center, which has just issued a new report giving an index of personal and economic freedom in the 50 states.

The report ranks Ohio 38th in freedom overall. We're 32nd in economic freedom but only 46th in personal freedom, it says.

Here's what the report has to say about us:

"Ohio has much to improve. Adjusted government spending is only a standard deviation higher than average. Ohio is higher than average in every spending category except transportation. Gun control laws are relatively poor, though not in a class with Illinois, New Jersey and others. Marijuana laws are liberal overall, but cultivation and sale sentencing could be reformed. Most gambling is illegal. Private and home school regulations are unreasonable, including teacher licensure and mandatory state approval of home school curricula. Asset forfeiture rules are appropriate. Eminent domain reform has not gone nearly far enough. Draconian smoking bans are in place."

The Mercatus folks say New Hampshire is the "most free" state overall.

South Dakota is tops for economic freedom (high sales taxes, but other taxes and spending are low)  and Alaska is on top for personal freedom (small amounts of pot are legal, gun laws are the least restrictive in the U.S.)

Mercatus ranks New York as the "least free" state. Go there if you like high taxes and high government spending, Mercatus says.



Hmmmm...seems like the States that collect the least amount of taxes and small goverment spending do much better.

So, why "change" that?

Anonymous (not ...

Good reporting Mr. Jackson!

Unfortunately, it's probably wasted on the economic dunderheads.

Also take a look at The Tax Foundation's latest States' Rankings on 38 Different Tax and Fiscal Measures:

A sampling:

Ohio ranked 47th in State Business Tax Climate

Ohio ranked 33rd in Corporate Tax Index

Ohio ranked 47th in Individual Income Tax

Ohio ranked 46th in Property Tax

Based on the above, it would appear that a lot of Ohio's economic pain is self inflicted.

Why would any profit seeking private enterprise want to open shop in Ohio?

A Sovereign American

Yes, excellent story!

Anonymous (not ...

Also worth a gander regarding Ohio from The Tax Foundation website:


In a nutshell, the most sensible game plan for young Ohioans is:

Get educated and get out!

Anonymous (not ...

A blast from the past.

Here's The Guv and The Lt. Guv writing to the world in Sept. '08 that Ohio's just doin' fine:

I kept this in my Favorites just for special occasions. Glad to share.