Which state in America is the least free based on "policies that shape personal and economic freedom?"
According to the Cato Institute's "Freedom in the 50 States" study, it's New York.
New York ranked poorly in the following categories:
— Local tax burden
— State tax burden
— Personal debt
— Regulatory policy
— Occupational freedom
— Civil liability system
— Tobacco freedom
— Fireworks usage
— Mixed martial arts competitions
— Gun rights
California ranked 49th, Hawaii 48th, New Jersey 47th, and Maryland 46th.