Very few doubt the importance of personal freedom, however we often forget about the imporance of economic freedom, which always leads to a better quality of life. A lack of freedom, both personal and economic, is therefore the reason New York State is deteriorating.
As shown by the Mercatus Center study, Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom, New York State is lagging in all categories of freedom.
Fiscal Policy Ranking: New York is dead last.
Regulatory Policy Ranking: New York is seventh to last.
Economic Freedom Ranking: New York is dead last.
Personal Freedom Ranking: New York is third to last.
Overall Freedom Ranking: New York is dead last.
The study summarizes:
"New York is the least free by a considerable margin, followed by New Jersey, Rhode Island, California, and Maryland"