America's most libertarian governor?
Reason magazine makes a strong case for Colorado’s Jared Polis being America’s most libertarian governor:
The 46-year-old governor is presiding over one of the fastest-growing states in the country and a place that has one of the lowest death rates during the pandemic. He pushed back against members of his own party to remove mask mandates, and he consistently argued that public health decisions should be made at as local a level as possible. Last fall, at a conference held by the conservative Steamboat Institute, he declared that the state income tax rate “should be zero” and has supported ballot initiatives that reduced the rate. Polis has embraced occupational licensing reform and was an outspoken defender of bitcoin back in 2014 when Sen. Joe Manchin (D–W.Va.) called on then-head of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen to ban it. . . .
The openly gay, married father of two recently signed a free-range parenting bill that effectively relegalizes the sort of Colorado childhood he recalls as the son of two ex-hippie parents: “Just because a kid is playing alone outside, it doesn’t mean they’re in danger,” Polis said at the signing ceremony. “It will help decrease false reports so…we can focus on the serious and the real instances of child abuse.”
According to Reason, Polis is also:
1. Pro-choice on abortion.
2. Strongly opposed to government regulation of speech on social media.
3. Opposed to President Biden’s restrictive policies on trade and immigration.
4. Strongly supportive of school choice.
The Reason article doesn’t mention drug laws, but Polis is a strong supporter of pot legalization. (Recall that Colorado was the first state to legalize pot.) Another article mentions that he threatened to veto a rent control measure.
Polis is not a Libertarian, he is a Democrat. But given his mix of policy views he might be the most libertarian governor since Gary Johnson.
It is interesting that Rocky Mountain states (plus Alaska) often seem more libertarian than other states. I wonder why that is?