National study ranks NH 1st for overall freedom

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — In a new ranking of states, New Hampshire ranks No. 1 in overall freedom, while Vermont ranks No. 2 behind Oregon in personal freedom but lags on economic freedom.

Overall, Vermont was rated the 30th most free state in the country – a bit ahead of Maine, which came in 33rd – in a new national study being released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

The Mercatus Center, which tends to lean libertarian, said despite lagging its neighbors, Maine was the third most improved state in the country, when freedoms it offered citizens in 2007 were compared with those in 2009.

The personal freedom rankings considered alcohol regulation, helmet laws, and the like. Economic issues included taxes, spending and regulation.

Author: Associated Press

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