NH was voted the most free state in the country in a study by George Mason University. The full report can be found HERE.
When looking at the ranking of other North Eastern states like NY (#50), MA (#46), VT (#30), Maine (#33), RI (#45) or CT (#38) it's clear that NH is doing things right.
Here's their write up on us:
New Hampshire is, by our count, the freest state in the country. Depending on weights, however, it really shares the slot with South Dakota. New Hampshire does much better on economic than personal freedom and on fiscal than regulatory policy. Under unified Democratic control in 2007–2008, the state saw a respectable increase in freedom. A smoking ban was enacted, but so were same-sex civil unions. Taxes, spending, and fiscal decentralization remain more than a standard deviation better than average, and government debt actually went down slightly. Gun laws are among the most liberal in the country, but carrying a firearm in a car requires a concealedcarry permit. Effective retail-tax rates on wine and spirits are zero. Marijuana laws are middling; lowlevel possession could be decriminalized like it is in Maine, while low-level cultivation could be made a misdemeanor like it is in both Maine and Vermont. New Hampshire is the only state in the country with no seatbelt law for adults. It lacks a motorcyclehelmet law but does have a bicycle-helmet law and authorizes sobriety checkpoints. State approval is required to open a private school. Homeschool laws are slightly worse than average; standardized testing and recordkeeping requirements are stricter than those in most states. Eminent-domain reforms have gone far. The state’s liability system is one of the best, but campaign-finance regulations are quite strict. The drug law-enforcement rate is low and dropping, while arrests for other victimless crimes are high and dropping. Asset-forfeiture law is definitely subpar, with potential for abuse.
- Enact the marijuana reforms cited above.
- Remove standardized-testing requirements for homeschoolers.
- Asset forfeiture requires reform to place the burden of proof on the government.
Remember, we here in NH didn't get to be the most free state in the country by default. We're number 1 because people from all sides of the political spectrum fight continually for less government intrusions and more liberty where other states like NY and MA push for more entitlement programs and more government.
We need to keep up the fight and keep NH the top for freedom and liberty.