2014 – Policy Brief – “Florida Retirement System Reform: Why Now?”

Posted 04/16/2014

Read the full report: Florida Retirement System Reform: Why Now? Executive Summary: The Florida Retirement System should move toward a defined contribution system now to avoid the unfunded liabilities that continue to build because of its cur- rent structure as a defined benefit system.  Opponents of reform argue the current system is 85 percent funded …

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Release: Alternatives to Expanding Florida’s Medicaid Program Outlined in Latest JMI Policy Brief

Posted 03/12/2014

CONTACT: Valerie Wickboldt (850) 386-3131 vwickboldt@jamesmadison.org            Alternatives to Expanding Florida’s Medicaid Program Outlined in Latest JMI Policy Brief ~ Study explores the Medicaid program’s multitude of issues; Offers reminder of why Medicaid expansion is unwise ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Although a Medicaid expansion under the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act …

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2014 – Policy Brief – “Better Returns for a Safer Florida”

Posted 03/06/2014

Read the full report: Better Returns for a Safer Florida: Aligning Taxpayer Investments in the Juvenile Justice System with Strategies Proven to Increase Public Safety Executive Summary: Holding Youths Accountable at Home Means Safer Communities. Floridians value safe communities and desire a balanced justice system rooted in common sense. In the last few years Florida …

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April 2013 – Policy Brief – “Strengthening Florida’s Civil Justice System: Lawmakers Should Build on a Decade of Progress”

Posted 04/18/2013

Victor E. Schwartz & Cary Silverman Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. Adjunct Scholars, The James Madison Institute Read the full Policy Brief: “Strengthening Florida’s Civil Justice System: Lawmakers Should Build on a Decade of Progress” EXCERPT: Encouraging economic growth requires, among other elements, a fair civil justice system. Liability exposure is a significant factor when …

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March 2013 – Policy Brief – “Florida’s Underground Water Infrastructure: Pathways to a More Secure Future”

Posted 03/15/2013

By Bonner Cohen, Ph.D. Adjunct Scholar, The James Madison Institute Read the full Policy Brief: “Florida’s Underground Water Infrastructure: Pathways to a More Secure Future” Policy Brief Highlights: A crisis is plaguing underground water and wastewater systems at a time when the federal government is increasingly unable to provide state and local governments with financial …

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February 2013 – Policy Brief – “Expanding Students’ Learning Options”

Posted 01/29/2013

By William Mattox Resident Fellow, The James Madison Institute Read full policy brief: Expanding Students’ Learning Options View press release: JMI Issues Latest Policy Brief on Benefits of Diverse Learning Environments and Hosts Luncheon for National School Choice Week For more information contact Valerie Wickboldt at 850.386.3131 or vwickboldt@jamesmadison.org.

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“Florida’s Best Medicaid Option under the PPACA: Expand the Reforms, Not the Rolls” – Policy Brief – February 2013

Posted 01/22/2013

By Jason D. Fodeman, M.D. Adjunct Scholar, The James Madison Institute Full Policy Brief: Florida’s Best Medicaid Option under the PPACA: Expand the Reforms, Not the Rolls To be mailed a copy of this policy brief, please contact Valerie Wickboldt at vwickboldt@jamesmadison.org. INTRODUCTION: As Florida lawmakers return to work for the 2013 legislative session, the …

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December 2012 – Policy Brief – “Safeguarding Employees’ First Amendment Rights through Paycheck Protection”

Posted 12/05/2012

By Michael J. Reitz, Esq. Executive Vice President, Mackinac Center for Public Policy Adjunct Scholar, The James Madison Institute “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical.” –Thomas Jefferson INTRODUCTION: Many labor unions in America are based on an undemocratic model of …

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October 2012 – Policy Brief – “Options for Florida Going Forward under the PPACA”

Posted 10/09/2012

In the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the central components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), States must now decide whether to shoulder major responsibilities in administering the Act’s key coverage provisions or leave it to the federal government to do so. View Full Brief:  “Options for …

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March 2012 – Policy Brief – “Proactive Disclosure in the Sunshine State: A 2012 Progress Report on Government Transparency “

Posted 03/09/2012

By William Mattox Resident Fellow, The James Madison Institute Weather patterns in the Florida panhandle have not changed much since last March.  Nevertheless, the citizens of Jackson County have benefitted from a significant increase in “sunshine” over the last year.  That’s because public officials in Marianna, the county seat, have made “proactive disclosure” of county …

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