Commentary: Keeping on Track to Solve Everglades Riddle

Trouble in South Florida in the Indian River Lagoon, and the estuary and coastline fed by the St. Lucie River, have many rightfully up in arms. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released billions of gallons of water from Lake Okeechobee to protect the integrity of the Herbert Hoover [...]

By |2018-06-06T10:31:05-04:00July 25th, 2016|Issue Commentary, Publications|Comments Off on Commentary: Keeping on Track to Solve Everglades Riddle

The Language of Criminal Justice Reform

Sometimes strategic change in public policy requires a change in our traditional vocabulary - or at least a clearer understanding of the terms used to discuss the issue. This is certainly the case with criminal justice reform initiatives. There is a large bipartisan base advocating for significant reform in [...]

By |2020-07-29T13:57:34-04:00July 20th, 2016|Issue Commentary, Publications|Comments Off on The Language of Criminal Justice Reform

Preserve Freedom of Contracts

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 [...]

By |2018-05-30T11:04:19-04:00December 2nd, 2015|Issue Commentary, Publications|Comments Off on Preserve Freedom of Contracts

Federal VAT Would be Bad for Florida

One idea circulating through the Capitol is the implementation of a national value-added tax, or VAT. This truly harmful tax would have a significant negative impact on all states, but the pain would be even greater for places like Florida. With the federal debt now topping $14 trillion – almost [...]

By |2018-05-30T11:04:31-04:00December 2nd, 2015|Issue Commentary, Publications|Comments Off on Federal VAT Would be Bad for Florida

Putting America’s Kids on the Lame Duck Diet

Who knows best when it comes to deciding what America’s schoolchildren ought to eat? Should their parents decide? Apparently not; in fact, some Chicago schools have barred pupils from bringing lunches from home. Could it be school cafeterias’ managers? After all, they’re presumably informed about nutrition and aware of the [...]

By |2018-05-30T11:04:09-04:00December 2nd, 2015|Issue Commentary, Publications|Comments Off on Putting America’s Kids on the Lame Duck Diet

Amendment 1 and Restoration

During the 2015 special session, a controversial topic involving Amendment 1 funding entangles a push to purchase land south of Lake Okeechobee in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). Extreme elements of the environmental movement have made it sound as though the simple purchase of one property will “save the Everglades.” [...]

By |2018-05-30T11:04:39-04:00December 2nd, 2015|Issue Commentary, Publications|Comments Off on Amendment 1 and Restoration

Expand innovative program for special-needs students

Six years ago, when Katie Swingle’s son was only 18 months old, a doctor reported that her boy’s autism would probably prevent him from ever being able to speak. Today, Katie’s son is not only communicating orally, but he’s also writing – in cursive! And Katie says the Florida Legislature [...]

By |2020-05-20T11:47:32-04:00November 17th, 2015|Issue Commentary, Opinion, Press|Comments Off on Expand innovative program for special-needs students

King v. Burwell Ruling Is Out. Now What?

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling in the case King v. Burwell, decided to venture from more than 225 years of our republic’s history to allow something expressly forbidden in the Constitution of the United States – the ability of the executive branch to change the [...]

By |2018-05-24T09:13:36-04:00June 26th, 2015|Issue Commentary, Publications|Comments Off on King v. Burwell Ruling Is Out. Now What?
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