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 the Commonwealth of Virginia, examining how Virginia compares to other states in its fiscal, regulatory, economic, and personal freedom. Overall, Virginia has much of which to be proud though it could benefit from improving some of its fiscal policies and its policies affecting personal freedom.