Economic Freedom in Maine
Recently Fraser America released their 2008 Economic Freedom of North America study that I blogged on once before. The study ranks all U.S. state and Canadian Provinces based on their level of economic freedom. Unfortunately, Maine (ranked 49th out of 60) has the third lowest level of economic freedom out of all the U.S. states with only Mississippi (tied, 49th) and West Virginia (55th) scoring the same or lower. The good news is that Maine has more economic freedom than all of the Canadian provinces with the sole exception of Alberta (2nd). As usual, the New England state with the most economic freedom is New Hampshire (7th) followed by Massachusetts (14th), Connecticut (20th) and Vermont (44th)–all ranked higher than Maine.