WILLIAMSON: Government spending and regulation hurts Mississippi.

Mississippi PEP

BY: Claudia Williamson

Growing-up in West Virginia, we’d always joke “at least we have Mississippi.” From education to health to economic opportunity, West Virginia and Mississippi have long battled to stay out of last place. I’m now proud to call Mississippi my home and dismayed that the steps to improve our standing in all of these areas are right in front of us, if only we’d take action.

The latest Economic Freedom of North America report, which measures and ranks all 50 U.S. states in economic freedom levels, is a useful guide in helping Mississippi identify areas in which the state must improve economic freedom and, in doing so, improve opportunity and quality of life for Mississippians.

According to the report, over the past five years, Mississippi has been declining in economic freedom, landing at 48th. The main drivers of the downward trend are an increase in size of government…

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