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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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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STUDY — No Place for A Child: Direct File of Juveniles Comes at a High Cost; Time to Fix Statutes

Posted 02/11/2016

No Place for A Child: Direct File of Juveniles Comes at a High Cost; Time to Fix Statutes Authors Deborrah Brodsky, Director & Cyrus O’Brien, Researcher The Florida State University Project on Accountable Justice Sal Nuzzo, Vice President of Policy The James Madison Institute Read the full study as a PDF here At the turn of …

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Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents’ Tailor

Posted 02/03/2016

The following is an excerpt from The James Madison Institute’s publication, The Journal. Download the full article here. To read the rest of the Winter 2016 edition of The James Madison Institute’s Journal, visit here. Martin Greenfield is a fashion industry icon. During his storied career as a tailor, he has hand crafted suits for Dwight D. Eisenhower, …

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Prohibitionists’ Domain and Smugglers’ Paradise: Florida’s Peculiar Status During Prohibition

Posted 02/03/2016

The following is an excerpt from The James Madison Institute’s publication, The Journal. Download the full article here. To read the rest of the Winter 2016 edition of The James Madison Institute’s Journal, visit here. The U.S. Constitution’s 18th Amendment had taken effect at the beginning of the Roaring Twenties. Then hailed as a “noble experiment” but later …

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Would Florida be Better Off as Two States Rather Than One?

Posted 02/03/2016

The following is an excerpt from The James Madison Institute’s publication, The Journal. Download the full article here. To read the rest of the Winter 2016 edition of The James Madison Institute’s Journal, visit here. Is it time for Florida to make like an amoeba and split? The South Miami City Commission seems to think so. Last October, …

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