It really is no surprise when you think about it. We as New Yorkers live in a state where the taxes are off-the-charts high. I don't care if you make a lot of money or not. When you live, work or own a business in New York, you pay more in taxes than workers in the other states.

Now it's official: New York is the state with the least amount of personal freedoms.

We discussed it on the show today. With the new regulations on guns, drink sizes, smoking and the many other rules and laws we have to adhere to, the government officials in this state have become more like nannies than representatives. According to the report from Fox News:

The “Freedom in the 50 States” study published last week by the libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center ranks New York last and California second to last.

The survey is based on fiscal issues such as job prospects and tax rates, regulatory policies that include property rights and personal freedoms such as gun laws.

“When it comes to overall freedom, New York ranks dead last,” the study’s authors said.

And it doesn't look to get any better any time soon. With the outrageous amount of welfare fraud, hard-working New Yorkers are going to have to foot the bill for a long time. As far as personal freedoms, officials such as NYC Mayor Bloomberg are trying to make it so you can't think for yourself. From drink sizes to the volume of the music you listen to, more and more we are being treated like sheep that can't make it on our own.

I would be completely fine with the idea of Western/Central New York becoming a separate entity from the rest of the state. It is clear that we are only a thorn in the side and a proverbial "teet" that New York state government suckles on.

If it wasn't for great friends and this being home, the idea of moving to another state would be an easy decision to make. Until voters change their minds and elect people that will improve the financial environment and liberties in New York State, we will continue to be dragged further down. The problem is, those that take vote in larger numbers than those of us that give.