James Madison Institute
Backgrounder

Solving the Everglades Riddle

Addressing Water Quality and Quantity to Restore a Florida Legacy
Daniel Peterson | July 12, 2016

What singular policy issue has lingered in Florida, despite having been discussed for decades, hotly debated in multiple legislative sessions, and subject to expensive lobbying efforts? What issue has induced emotional pleas, received billions of dollars to spend on planning and projects, and continues to be a costly and complex effort? If you answered, “Restoring the Everglades” you win the prize.

Waters of the United States: A Case Study in Government Abuse

Daniel Peterson, M. Reed Hopper, Mark Miller | August 18, 2015

In a coast-to-coast power play, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have released a rule to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) for application of the Clean Water Act (CWA or the Act).

Lasting Reforms for Florida's Property Insurance Market

R.J. Lehmann | January 26, 2015

Instead of taking steps to reinforce its shaky insurance system, Florida’s state government has used this period of population and economic growth, coupled with tropical calm, to continue to artificially suppress insurance rates by underpricing the insurance products it sells to consumers as well as primary property insurers.

Florida’s Dirty Dozen

Sal Nuzzo, Institute for Justice | February 18, 2014

Governments too often go well beyond what’s required to protect the public’s health and safety. Nowhere is this more evident than in business regulations that stifle industries.

Florida Rising: An Assessment of Public Universities in the Sunshine State - June 2013

June 5, 2013

The State University System of Florida has in recent years faced major budgetary challenges, remarkable for the size of its reductions in state funding, even when compared to the large cuts seen in so many states struck by the recession of 2008. What is more surprising in the world of higher education, however, is the progress that Florida’s public universities have achieved on such key indicators of quality as graduation and retention during these challenging times.

Preserve Freedom of Contracts in Florida’s Labor Market

Randall Holcombe | February 18, 2013

The State of Florida and many of its local governments have provided millions of dollars in incentives for businesses to locate, remain, and/or expand in this state. The goal has been to boost the economy, expand the tax base, and reduce poverty by fostering the creation of good job opportunities throughout the state.

The Impact of Florida's Minimum Wage Law on Employment in the Hospitality Industry

Dr. Rick Harper, Robert F. Sanchez | February 8, 2012

What lures visitors to Florida and keeps them coming back is the hospitality industry – the restaurants, hotels, attractions, and ancillary services – that cater to visitors and Floridian’s alike.  Now this job-creating industry is facing a growing challenge.  A minimum wage amendment that Florida voters approved in 2004 has had an unintended consequence:  a disparate and damaging effect on an industry in which many workers rely on tips as a substantial portion of their wages.

An Evaluation of Florida's Bright Futures Scholarships in a Fiscally Constrained Era

Dr. Colin A. Knapp | February 1, 2012

A curious form of buyer’s remorse is now evident among some of the recent college graduates taking part in the so-called “Occupy Wall Street” protests in major cities around the nation. Many of these graduates complain that earning a college degree has left them jobless and deeply in debt. Indeed, the total amount of money owed on student loans now rivals the nation’s total credit card debt.

Workable Solutions for Florida's Challenging Insurance Problems

Eli Lehrer, R.J. Lehmann | January 17, 2012

The ways that Floridians purchase coverage to protect their property and insure their vehicles has, increasingly, placed a significant drag on the state’s economy.  Both the state’s automobile insurance system – particularly the “no-fault” personal injury protection (PIP) portions of it – and the state’s homeowners insurance system have very serious flaws that threaten the state’s business climate and, indeed, the financial well-being of all its citizens. 

Alternative Solutions to Florida's Medical Malpractice System

Dr. Beth Ann Fielder, Robert F. Sanchez | November 16, 2011

For many years the cost of health care in the United States has been rising faster than the rate of inflation. This trend affects families, employers, and governments at all levels — federal, state, and local. The rising cost of care — and of the insurance to pay for it is a major drag on a struggling economy.