New Hampshire back on top of “Freedom in the 50 States” index

After a year in second place, “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire is back at the top of the Cato Institute’s “Freedom in the 50 States” index, knocking out Florida from first place.

The Fraser Institute’s North American Economic Freedom also ranked Granite State as the number one state or province in North America for the second year in a row.

“Our primary focus here in New Hampshire has always been to open as many doors of opportunity as possible for our residents,” Governor Chris Sununu said of Cato’s new analysis. “We ignore politics and just focus on delivering results that positively impact the lives of Granite Staters and their families. As the first state to hold the top spot for economic and global freedom, it is clear that New Hampshire’s approach is The Right One. “

Cato also gave Sununu an “A” rating in his latest Budget Responsibility Bulletin, one of the four top-scoring CEOs. New Hampshire was also named the best state for taxpayers with the best “return on investment” earlier this year as well.

“This study validates what the Granite Staters already know – that New Hampshire is a bastion for freedom across the country,” said Greg Moore, director of Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire State. “The steps the state has taken in recent years to cut taxes, reduce regulations and expand educational opportunities are paying off and have made us the freest state in the country.”

New Hampshire’s 2.9% unemployment rate is among the lowest in the country. It is also significantly lower than that of all of its New England neighbors except Vermont (2.8%).

But, says Moore, the Granite State cannot afford to rest on its economic laurels.

“The report also shows us where we need to do more work, including passing a right to work law, reducing barriers to land use that limit development and relaxing laws on the land. professional licenses, so that fewer people need government permission to work. It’s great to be the freest state in the country and we should be looking for ways to leverage our success to make the New Hampshire even freer. “

House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) has said the GOP-controlled legislature deserves some of the credit.

“Last year we made significant progress in advancing the freedoms of the Granite Staters. We have empowered parents to make the best educational choices for their children by passing the Education Freedom Accounts. We cut over $ 170 million in taxes and put money back in everyone’s pockets. Granite Staters. Even with these advances, there is still more work to be done. In 2022, House Republicans will continue to expand individual freedoms, fight an intrusive and excessive federal government, and protect New Hampshire’s advantage, ”Osborne said.

This story was originally published by the NH Journal, an online news publication dedicated to providing fair and unbiased reporting and analysis on political news of interest to New Hampshire. For more stories from the NH Journal, visit

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