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Granite State falls to second freest state in new Cato Institute study
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire (AFP-NH) today commented on the CATO Institute’s Freedom in the 50 States study. New Hampshire ranked as the second freest state in the country. In the last study conducted in 2016, New Hampshire was the number one state for economic and personal freedom. The study examines states’ fiscal policies, regulatory policies, and personal freedom to determine the rankings.
AFP-NH State Director Greg Moore issued the following statement:
“In New Hampshire we never settle for being second best, and this study shows we must work harder to expand and preserve our freedoms. The bad news is that Florida made some major, positive steps to pass us as the freest state in the nation. The good news is that this report lays out the pathway for us to move back to the top.
“If we want to reclaim the status as the true ‘Live Free or Die’ state, we need to pass Right to Work, pass education savings accounts and pass occupational licensure reform – all things that we should have finished in this Legislature. We also need get to work loosening up some of the most restrictive land use laws in the country. If we take these steps, we’ll be back where we belong as the freest state in America.”