James Madison Institute
Policy Priorities

Present Minded and Future Focused 
Every day, people across the state make decisions based on immediate and future needs. A hard lesson learned quickly is that often short-term fixes don’t provide for long-term solutions. JMI’s recommendations and research on policy priorities strive to strike the right balance of today’s needs with those of tomorrow.    

Each year JMI embarks on an ambitious set of public policy priorities. This list includes hot-button issues of the current year, as well as consistent, but pressing issues that have yet to be addressed. As our namesake and one of the nation’s founders James Madison stated, “I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” 

Silent we are not. We believe policymakers can advance liberty by promoting policies and solutions that: 

  • Value the choice of the individual over the preference of government.
  • Support equality of opportunity, not necessarily the equality of outcome.
  • Promote the ability of the free market to achieve the most efficient results when left unhindered by overburdensome rules and regulations. 

For nearly 30 years, we have been looking out for Florida’s best interest. In this time Florida has grown in population size and diversity, experienced economic ups and downs, changed leadership through the normal cycle of elections and continued to be one of the most watched states in the nation. It is increasingly true that what Florida does has national implications. 

JMI’s work focuses on the following policy priorities: