Arkansas ranks 28th freest state

Arkansans fall along the median for the freest people in country, according to a study recently released by the Mercatus Center of George Mason University.

The study takes into account state and federal grants as well as how the money is spent, health care laws and access, and right to carry laws and traffic laws — to name a few — and ranks Arkansas as the 28th most free state overall.

The state gets kudos for having a relatively stable fiscal policy — a nod to Gov. Beebe for his constitutionally-mandated balanced budget here — but criticizes community governments for their budget constraints and centralized school funding.

Whether being less “free” is actually a bad thing is still up in the air, as the study also takes into account a number of social regulations including seat belt laws (for which Arkansas is very free), smoking bans (we’re on that bandwagon) and home-schooling laws (supposedly Arkansas is “better than average”).

A big shout out to Ken Hamilton for sending me the link, interesting stuff!

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6 Responses to Arkansas ranks 28th freest state

  1. Ken Hamilton says:

    The less government interferes with people’s lives, the better. Period.

  2. The lone reader says:

    “a nod to Gov. Beebe for his constitutionally-mandated balanced budget here ”

    How do you give a nod to Beebe for doing something that he is required to do by our state constitution? The nod needs to go to those who actually put that in the state constitution.

    I try not to congratulate people for simply following the law.

  3. Can crusher says:

    It’s easier to mandate a balanced budget than it is to balance the budget. Otherwise we wouldn’t be trillions in debt. My checkbook has been off by 10 cents for years and I still can’t find that pesky dime!

  4. Admin says:

    Raise your hand if you wish the government’s checkbook was only off by a dime. *Ducks as arms swing high in the air*

  5. AFM says:

    C.C. if it would help I would be glad to send you a dime so you can rest well tonight.

  6. Can crusher says:

    You’re nice, but like the government I’d just spend it and want more…

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