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DADDY WARBUCKS
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Never did understand how anyone ever figured costly regulations led to good jobs except for government regulators.

And our idiot governor. Bob Taft, thinks he can keep raise taxes and bring in high paid, high tech jobs and increase manufacturing. No wonder Ohio is #43.

I hope Bush appoints him to head up the Peace Corps.


U.S. ECONOMIC FREEDOM INDEX
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Pacific Research Institute ranks the 50 States.

1. Kan. 11. Ariz. 21. Mont. 31. Wash. 41. Mass.

2. Colo. 12. Nev. 22. Fla. 32. W. Va. 42. N.J.

3. Va. 13. S.C. 23. Ark. 33. Alaska 43. Ohio

4. Idaho 14. Ind. 24. N.C. 34. Mich. 44. Minn.

5. Utah 15. S.D. 25. Ala 35. Hawaii 45. Penn.

6. Okla. 16. Iowa 26. Tenn 36. Vt. 46. Ill.

7. N.H. 17. Texas 27. Md. 37. N.M. 47. R.I.

8. Del. 18. N.D. 28. Miss. 38. Wisc. 48. Conn.

9. Wy. 19. Ga. 29. Ore. 39. Ky. 49. Calif.

10. Mo. 20. Neb. 30. Maine 40. La. 50. N.Y.

The Index uses five categories -- fiscal, regulatory, judicial, government size and welfare -- to measure and compare economic freedom in the 50 states. Among the variables are tax rates, state spending, occupation licensing, environmental regulations, income redistribution, right-to-work laws, minimum wage and tort law. Co-author Lawrence McQuillian writes that Kansas won the top spot "largely due to its respect for property rights: It engages in less income redistribution and attracts less tort litigation than most states."

Along with the Heritage Foundation, we publish a world-wide index that over the years has underscored the essential link between economic freedom and prosperity. And sure enough, the Pacific Research Institute study finds that a 10% improvement in a state's economic freedom score yields, on average, about a half-percent increase in annual per-capita income. If all states were as free as Kansas, the annual income of the average American worker would increase 4.42%, or $1,161. Over a 40-year period, that would add $87,541 to a lifetime income.
 
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