This week the Mercatus Center released the third edition of its Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom report with rankings of America’s states based on how their policies promote freedom in three categories: fiscal policy, regulatory policy, and personal freedom. See this CD post for more information.
The chart above shows the ranking of the 50 states according to the Mercatus Center’s measure of economic freedom by state, and the political breakdown of each state for governor, the state House and state Senate (Red = Republican and Blue = Democrat). Note that the Virginia Senate is split, the Nebraska state legislature is non-partisan, and Rhode Island’s governor is independent.
As I pointed out in a previous post, there’s a lot more red in the most economically free states and a lot more blue in the least economically free states.