Freedom In The 50 States 2013 | Colorado Overall Freedom | Mercatus Center

Its freedom score is one of the most worsened in the country over the 2001 to 2011 period. Still, Colorado scores better than average for its fiscal policies and is the second most fiscally decentralized state in the country, with localities raising 50.7 percent of all state and local revenues. However, its state and local debt burden is high, at 23.6 percent of personal income, an increase of 3.6 percent in four years. From FY 2006 to FY 2010, Colorados measured tax burden increased from 8.3 percent to 9.2 percent. Colorados local zoning laws are strict, there are no state-level limitations on regulatory takings, and even eminent domain reform has been halfhearted. Colorados labor laws are subpar, with a minimum wage and no right-to-work law. Colorado now has some of the most expensive health insurance benefit mandates in the country, adding 55.9 percent to the cost of a policy with no mandated coverages, a dramatic increase from year-end 2008. In other respects, too, Colorado scores poorly on health insurance freedom, especially because of community rating and prior approval price controls in the nongroup and small-group markets. Cable franchising and telecom regulation are unreformed. Colorado is the top state in the nation for occupational freedomit especially stands out on health professionals scope of practice. The court system is better than average, and there is no certificate-of-need (CON) law. The state has resisted somewhat the temptation of sin taxes, with moderate levies on beer, wine, spirits, and cigarettes.
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