USA Today — State government becoming increasingly affordable

Posted 04/15/2015

USA Today “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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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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Orlando Sentinel — Since term limits took effect, state government has shrunk

Posted 03/25/2015

Orlando Sentinel “Since term limits took effect, state government has shrunk” March 25, 2015 By Dr. Randall G. Holcombe When Floridians voted to term-limit Florida’s state legislators in 1992, one of the commonly heard objections was that it would shift the power in state government from elected legislators toward legislative staff, lobbyists or both. Those …

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Before It’s News — Political Capitalism as a Distinct Economic System

Posted 03/20/2015

Before It’s News “Political Capitalism as a Distinct Economic System” March 19, 2015 By Dr. Randall Holcombe “While political capitalism as an economic system has barely been recognized, the building blocks that form a theoretical foundation for political capitalism are firmly in place and well-accepted. In political science and sociology, the ideas of elite domination …

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“An Illusory Opening to Cuba: Why Florida Shouldn’t Walk Through the Breach” — Spring Journal 2015

Posted 03/17/2015

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“No Excuses” — Spring Journal 2015

Posted 03/17/2015

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Issue Commentary — Net Neutrality: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Posted 02/25/2015

*This Issue Commentary was updated from its original November 25, 2014 posting to reflect recent changes in the issue. Read more about “Net Neutrality” in the latest JMI Issue Commentary by clicking the cover page below. (PDF - 2 pages)

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The Florida Channel — Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater at the James Madison Institute “Thrift Week” Event

Posted 01/21/2015

The Florida Channel “Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater at the James Madison Institute ‘Thrift Week’ Event” January 21, 2015 Link to video: http://thefloridachannel.org/videos/12115-now-speaking-chief-financial-officer-jeff-atwater-james-madison-institute-thrift-week-event/

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Orlando Sentinel — Trip to Citrus Bowl brings an unexpected lesson on ‘ripoffs’

Posted 01/12/2015

Orlando Sentinel “Trip to Citrus Bowl brings an unexpected lesson on ‘ripoffs’” By Dr. Jack A. Chambless January 10, 2015 Last week, I attended the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl with my 14-year old son. As fans of the Minnesota Gophers, we were excited to spend the day together in the newly renovated Citrus Bowl. …

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Inauguration Day Statement from The James Madison Institute

Posted 01/06/2015

Statement from Dr. Bob McClure, president and CEO of The James Madison Institute:  “Floridians spoke up in November and it was clear voters were concerned with the protection of economic opportunity. On this Inauguration Day, we congratulate Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, and Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam on …

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