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!