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Open for Business

March 22, 2017 | Blog

Florida has long prided itself on being one of the most business-friendly states. However, this pride is contrasted with the rising tide of licensing requirements, and clearly demonstrate that occupational licensing presents a very serious threat to the growth of Florida’s economy. If Florida wishes to overcome this threat and tap into unfulfilled potential, practical solutions must be identified and applied which will relieve consumers and aspiring workers of the undue burdens of occupational licensing.

Smart on Sentencing

March 20, 2017 | Blog

Florida is one of the few remaining states that routinely sentence low-level drug offenders to harsh mandatory minimum prison terms. While most drug trafficking statutes in Florida are intended to apply to high level dealers, the penalties for trafficking in a small amount hydrocodone or oxycodone—two substances found in prescription pain medication that doctors may legally prescribe—are disproportionately harsh. Under Florida law, someone who illegally possesses even a handful of pills may be charged as a drug trafficker and sentenced to a mandatory minimum prison term of years, or decades, upon conviction—with no added benefit to public safety.

Stuck in the 80s

LAUREN KRISAI | March 14, 2017 | Journal

In 1986, Florida was a very different place than it is today. A gallon of gasoline cost an average of $0.93, Floridians had just elected Bob Martinez as their governor, and Apple was known to the average American only as a fruit. 

Today, a gallon of gasoline costs $2.13, Florida has seen six additional governors since Bob Martinez, and Apple is getting ready to launch its eighth version of an iPhone—something unimaginable in the 1980’s.  Much has changed in the state of Florida since 1986, but unfortunately, its threshold for a first-time felony theft offense has remained stubbornly the same: a mere $300. 


Solving the Everglades Riddle

Addressing Water Quality and Quantity to Restore a Florida Legacy

Today, government owns nearly 50 percent of South Florida — that’s 5.5 million acres. Why does this matter to you? Every time government goes land shopping they take private property off the tax rolls, leaving the rest of us with higher taxes. Sure, some land should be publicly owned, but before government spends more money on more land, it should use the money and land it already owns to finish Everglades restoration and other projects to address the releases damaging our estuaries.

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Private Event: Palm Beach Leaders Fellows Gathering

Mar 23, 2017 | West Palm Beach, FL | 6-8 pm  

March 14, 2017
Private Event: Palm Beach Board of Advisors Meeting

Mar 14, 2017 | Palm Beach, FL | 12-1:30 pm  

March 13, 2017
Private Event: Miami Board of Advisors Meeting

Mar 13, 2017 | Miami, FL | 12-1:30 pm  

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