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Governor Moonbeam is fit and ready for another re-run
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Jason Sorens
Freedom means different things to each of us, but in New Jersey, California and New York, shrinking personal and economic freedom means shrinking population. In the decade since 2001, New York has lost 9 percent of its population, California 4.5 percent, and New Jersey 5.6 percent.
Strict gun laws, widespread smoking bans and a failure to legalize same-sex unions have left Maryland residents with the fewest personal freedoms of any state in the nation, according to a recent study.
Taxes and debt are low, although the state's "bloated" payroll, Ruger and Sorens say, could use some trimming.
Authors William P. Ruger and Jason Sorens give states bad marks for restrictions on things such as smoking and seat-belt requirements, along with the usual economic measures.