The CATO Institute has recently released the “Freedom Index” for 2016, which ranks – by their measurements – which states are considered the most free. This seems to focus primarily upon which ones have the most personal freedoms and fewest taxes and regulations.
Unsurprisingly, California and New York are at the bottom of the list.
But Idaho managed to climb up one spot from last year, and is number 7 on the list. Personally, I think that’s great – it’s nice to live in a state where there is less government watching its citizens and telling them what to do. Even though this state does have a state income tax as well as a sales tax, there are many other aspects of the state that make it a nice place to live.
Interestingly enough, my home state of Washington didn’t fare so well – it came in at 32. Somewhat peculiar for one of three states that has legalized recreational marijuana, and was one of the first states to legalize same-sex marriages. However, it also has one of the highest sales tax rates, and was the birthplace for things like the $15-an-hour minimum wage, and having stores charge their customers for using bags. It also has a reputation for being one of the most business unfriendly states in the nation.
In any case, it’s yet another reason to enjoy living in the great State of Idaho! How does your state rank, and what are your thoughts on it?