The reaction of New Yorkers to this ranking is no surprise either! Talk about defensive. They think the big expensive, wasteful and inefficient nanny state is a good thing.
I live in New York at least for another month or two, and this is no surprise - neither the ranking nor the reaction. My family will be moving to a state with much higher economic freedom, which we are greatly looking forward to. Goodbye, New York, the land of big government and high taxes and heavy government oversight and endless paperwork. Goodbye, and good riddance.
We're not the only ones eager to leave. Some 1.7 million have fled New York over between 2000 and 2010. We haven't lived in NY long, but long enough to never want to live in a nanny state again if we can help it (which we couldn't at the time).