Study: New Yorkers Enjoy Less Freedom Than Residents In Any Other State In U.S.

Conservative Think Tank Goes After Empire State's Taxes, Business Regulation

The survey also looked at restrictions on vices like gambling and fireworks, as well as alcohol and tobacco products, with massive state tax burdens, like shackles for one seller.

“For every $100 we have to pay $75 in taxes. Less free,” cigar shop owner Dominick Tortortello said.

The buyer isn’t so sure.

“I don’t like to say we’re less free,” Sean Patrone said.

The study gave New York points for allowing gays to marry, but did not consider freedoms like women’s access to reproductive services.

Yeah, we got problems, but New Yorkers, it seems, don’t like being judged by someone else’s standards.

“Taxes are a way the government you choose to be governed by operates that government and if you like a lot of services then you have to pay and if you don’t you can live somewhere where there are fewer services,” said Steve Keltz of Larchmont.

Yes, New York has big government and we know the taxes are high but it has a lower crime rate than most states, and less alcohol and substance abuse, and one of the lowest divorce rates in America.

So, paraphrasing a great American songwriter, freedom, perhaps, is another word, for having nothing left to lose.

New Yorkers have exercised one freedom in the past decade or so. Census figures indicate the state’s population has decreased by 9 percent, as people move out.

That’s a trend Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vowed to reverse.

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