Naples Daily News – Supreme Court Ruling a Victory for Property Rights in the U.S.

Posted 06/22/2016

Private property owners in the United States won a great victory in the U.S. Supreme Court recently. The high court ruled that a private property owner may appeal to the court system the labeling of their property as “wetlands” based on the federal Clean Water Act. Yes, you heard that right. Until recently, if the …

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The Heartland Institute – Miami Taxicab Companies Sue County Government Over Uber Legalization

Posted 06/16/2016

After local lawmakers voted to allow peer-to-peer transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft, to operate in Miami-Dade County, Florida, taxicab company owners filed a lawsuit against the county government, demanding $1 billion in taxpayer money as compensation. The lawsuit, filed in May, claims county commissioners are responsible for protecting the value of taxicab …

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Sunshine State News – A Super-Sized Lesson Showing the Virtues of Fiscal Restraint

Posted 06/16/2016

There’s a lesson to be drawn from the announcement that South Florida will be hosting the 2020 Super Bowl. The exuberant reaction of South Florida’s movers and shakers was quite a contrast to the mood just three short years ago. That’s when the Florida Legislature adjourned without approving the use of $389 million in public …

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Florida Politics – Dan Peterson: The Growing Cost of Keeping the Lights On

Posted 06/16/2016

Much like vacations, road trips, and barbecues, summertime brings with it a seasonal spike in residential energy consumption. The Sunshine State is certainly no exception. We use plenty of power to cool our homes and charge the electronics in the hands of our children. No doubt, this very hot, energy-intensive season is a good time …

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Conroe Today – Brady Leads House Fight to Stop IRS Abuse & Protect Free Speech

Posted 06/15/2016

Washington, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a Ways and Means Committee-led bill stopping the IRS from targeting donors to tax-exempt organizations. The measure, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act(H.R. 5053), passed 240-182. “No American should fear their support of non-profit organizations will lead to targeting or harassment by the IRS. The …

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Your House News – Brady leads House Fight to Stop IRS Abuse and Protect Free Speech

Posted 06/15/2016

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a Ways and Means Committee-led bill stopping the IRS from targeting donors to tax-exempt organizations. The measure, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act (H.R. 5053), passed 240-182. “No American should fear their support of non-profit organizations will lead to targeting or harassment by the IRS. The …

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Before It’s News – CEI Joins Coalition to Support the “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act”

Posted 06/14/2016

Dear Member, As organizations that represent the interests of millions of taxpayers across the country, we write in support of H.R. 5053, the “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act,” sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.). This legislation would eliminate the Schedule B form for 501(c) organizations, which includes identifiable information of contributors to …

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Heartland Institute – New Florida Law Protects Patients from Surprise Out-of-Network Bills

Posted 06/09/2016

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has signed legislation protecting patients from receiving bills with higher-than-expected charges from providers outside their insurance networks. House Bill 221 prohibits out-of-network providers from “balance billing,” the practice of billing a patient for the amount the patient’s insurance company did not reimburse the provider. The legislation passed the Senate 39–0 and the …

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Orlando Sentinel – Pass PROMESA, Secure Puerto Rico’s Future

Posted 04/26/2016

Reading about the financial challenges happening in Puerto Rico, I am reminded of stories fellow parents tell of their college-aged children. Living life on the verge of independence, our sons and daughters venture closer to self-sufficiency; yet, on occasion they find themselves in circumstances requiring our attention and assistance. Such is the situation of the …

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RELEASE: Direct File of Juveniles Costs Florida Department of Corrections Millions

Posted 02/11/2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2016 CONTACT: Valerie Wickboldt | (850) 386-3131 vwickboldt@jamesmadison.org   Direct File of Juveniles Costs Florida Department of Corrections Millions ~ Latest report calculates a $12.6 million cost avoidance if direct file statutes are reformed in Florida  ~ TALLAHASSEE – As legislation on direct file of juveniles is heard in a Florida …

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