According to a survey done by the Mercatus Center of George Mason University, South Dakota rates as the second-freest state in the nation. First is New Hampshire. South Dakota is ranked #1 on economic freedom and is top among the states in terms of fiscal policy, owing to its high fiscal decentralization for its size and its low levels of taxation (7.6 percent adjusted revenues as a percentage of personal income) and spending. The study says, “It might be hard to improve on South Dakota’s performance in this area.” I couldn’t agree more! To read the entire survey, click here.