WAUKESHA - For University of Wisconsin-Waukesha student Paul
Hackbarth, a potential smoking ban isnít something heís
looking forward to seeing enacted.
"Dude, that sucks," he said. "I think itís
intrusive, and bars are going to lose business if people canít
smoke while they drink. Iím not going to go to a bar if I
canít smoke while I drink."
One of the main issues at hand with the smoking ban is
whether or not it intrudes on peopleís freedom. And
according to a new study on freedom, Wisconsin is not the
best place for it.
Wisconsin is ranked 37th in the nation in terms of the
freedom it allows to residents, according to the Freedom in
the 50 States study performed by the Mercatus Center at
George Mason University.
The study ranks various personal and financial freedom
laws in each state, such as smoking bans and tax laws in
order to judge how many choices residents have.
According to the study, Wisconsin ranked high in spending
and taxes, leading to an overall rank of 35th in the nation
in economic freedom. The study says oversight on home
schooling is pretty lax and local smoking bans have numerous
exemptions, but overall Wisconsin ranked 37th in personal
The only neighboring state to score lower than Wisconsin
was Illinois, which had an overall ranking of 42.
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