http://abcnews.go.com/Business/hampshire-south-dakota-ranked-free-states... Jersey and New York Ranked as Worst States for "Individual Freedoms"
http://mercatus.org/freedom-50-states-2011]researchers at George Mason University's Mercatus Center .... used a variety of statistics to rank the 50 states for their just-published report on which states are the freest -- and least free -- from taxes and government regulation....
... Ruger said there are two critical policy implications from the study that could have serious economic implications.
First, freer states are attracting citizens from other states while less-free states are losing citizens -- and their tax dollars. "This is true for both economic freedom and personal freedom," Ruger said. "People are voting with their feet and moving to open, tolerant, and economically free states and away from nanny-states."
Where did your state rank on this study? Do you feel the socio-economic effects of gov't regulation in your area?