From Times Union:
Maybe we ought to just admit it and change the state's nickname from the Empire State to the Nanny State.
We've all seen the studies showing how New York tops the nation when it comes to taxes.
But now comes a survey showing that not only do New Yorkers pay a steep economic price to live here; we also give up a lot of personal freedom.
"New York is the least free by a considerable margin, followed by New Jersey, Rhode Island, California, and Maryland," according to "Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom."