WFSU — Civil Forfeiture Bill Sheds Major Provision But Moves Forward

Posted 04/17/2015

WFSU “Civil Forfeiture Bill Sheds Major Provision But Moves Forward” April 16, 2015 By Nick Evans Senators got into a bipartisan fight Thursday over Florida’s civil forfeiture procedures.  The underlying bill passed its committee but not before lawmakers stripped out out a plan to prohibit law enforcement agencies using seized goods for their own operation. …

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WFSU — Scott To Sue Obama Administration Over Healthcare Funding, LIP Pool

Posted 04/16/2015

WFSU “Scott To Sue Obama Administration Over Healthcare Funding, LIP Pool” April 16, 2015 By Lynn Hatter Governor Rick Scott says he’s suing the federal government over a move that links a critical hospital funding program to a Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The Governor says that amounts to coercion. The U.S. Supreme …

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Tallahassee Democrat — State government becoming increasingly affordable

Posted 04/15/2015

Tallahassee Democrat “State government becoming increasingly affordable” April 15, 2015 By Dr. Randall Holcombe Fiscal horror stories from populous states like Illinois, California and New Jersey are becoming all too common these days, but Florida’s finances have yet to make the front pages of the national news. In an era when state governments are growing, …

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Florida Politics — Growth Bill Headed To House Floor With Opposition From Cities, Counties

Posted 04/14/2015

Florida Politics “Growth Bill Headed To House Floor With Opposition From Cities, Counties” April 14, 2015 By Bruce Ritchie A controversial House growth management bill passed its final committee stop on the way to the House floor on Tuesday. HB 933, which originally combined seven separate House growth management bills, includes provisions eliminating the “development …

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Issue Commentary — Expansion of Medicaid at the Expense of Our Future

Posted 04/14/2015

Read more about “Expansion of Medicaid at the Expense of Our Future” in the latest JMI Issue Commentary by clicking the cover page below. (View the PDF File)

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Saint Petersblog — Conservative group opposes solar amendment following Tampa debate

Posted 04/14/2015

Saint Petersblog “Conservative group opposes solar amendment following Tampa debate” April 13, 2015 By Bruce Ritchie Following a debate last month, a Tampa Bay group that says it promotes a return to constitutional government and free markets has come out against a proposed constitutional amendment that would encourage the use of solar energy. Floridians for Solar Choice …

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Saint Petersblog — Solar bills falter in Legislature while ballot initiative rolls on

Posted 04/10/2015

Saint Petersblog “Solar bills falter in Legislature while ballot initiative rolls on” April 10, 2015 By Bruce Ritchie With a solar energy constitutional amendment proposed for the 2016 ballot, a pair of bills designed to provide tax savings for residents who install solar on their homes appears dead in the 2015 legislative session. SB 400 by …

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Daily Signal — Florida Taking the Lead on Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Posted 04/09/2015

Daily Signal “Florida Taking the Lead on Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform” April 9, 2015 By Andrew Kloster and Jason Snead Florida is poised to become the new front in the civil asset forfeiture reform movement. State Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Republican from the Tampa area, has filed reform legislation, which the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal …

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We’re Hiring: Get paid to promote liberty on your college campus!

Posted 04/09/2015

We’re Hiring Get paid to promote liberty on your college campus! The James Madison Institute is looking for highly motivated students who are actively involved on their Florida college campuses to be JMI Campus Reps! Responsibilities include: Posting event promotional materials on campus Sharing the JMI message with other student groups Building relationships with like-minded …

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The Heartland Institute — Massive Public Pension Liabilities Loom in Jacksonville

Posted 04/07/2015

The Heartland Institute “Massive Public Pension Liabilities Loom in Jacksonville” April 7, 2015 By Kelsey Hackem The Jacksonville, Florida City Council Finance Committee is debating how to pay for $1.7 billion in unfunded pension liabilities in the city’s Police and Fire Pension Fund. Elected officials remain unable to agree how to reform the city’s public …

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