In our Freedom in the 50 States book published today, we look at a wealth of numbers and policies in every state in the country.
When it comes to overall freedom, New York ranks dead last. In New York City itself, of course, Mayor Michael Bloomberg earned national media by enacting a beverage ban which tried to outlaw the sale of sodas 16 ounces and larger. Though the law ran into a judicial buzzsaw on the eve of its enactment earlier this month, it demonstrates the attitude city and state legislators have toward their constituents.
Even New Yorkers who don't care about sweet drinks have to deal with the highest state and local tax burden in the country, at 14% of income.
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