We created Freedom in the Fifty States to develop an index of economic and personal freedom in the American states. Specifically, we examine state and local government intervention across a wide range of public policies, from income taxation to gun control, from homeschooling regulation to drug policy. The full index, complete with data and methodology notes, is available at https://www.mercatus.org/freedom-50-states-2011.
This issue of Mercatus on Policy focuses specifically on Florida and how it compares to other states in its fiscal, regulatory, economic, and personal freedom. Overall, Florida does relatively well, especially in personal freedom, although its economic policies leave room for improvement.