Structural Reform for a More Prosperous Florida: Common Sense Solutions for Better Government

Introduction In June 1982, the valedictorian of Miami’s Palmetto High School gave what would be considered a relatively typical graduation speech. Much of it has been forgotten. However, in the concluding paragraphs, he made a bold claim – that he would change the world. Not that his class would, [...]

By |2018-05-22T13:39:48-04:00March 28th, 2018|Policy Brief, Publications|Comments Off on Structural Reform for a More Prosperous Florida: Common Sense Solutions for Better Government

Dental Therapists: Sinking Our Teeth Into Innovative Workplace Reform

Read our latest Policy Brief:Dental Therapists: Sinking Our Teeth into Innovative Workforce Reform Executive Summary Florida’s licensure regulations create barriers to accessing dental care. The state dental practice act and Florida Board of Dentistry (FBD) control every facet of the dental profession, rendering dental providers unable to adapt to [...]

By |2018-05-23T00:32:37-04:00January 23rd, 2018|Policy Brief, Publications|Comments Off on Dental Therapists: Sinking Our Teeth Into Innovative Workplace Reform

Free Expression and Intellectual Diversity

Middlebury College. University of California, Berkeley. Evergreen State. Claremont McKenna. Yale. The list of academic institutions rocked in recent months by (sometimes violent) speech-squelching protests is not pretty.  And combined with growing concerns about high student debt and sagging job prospects for many new graduates, these efforts to thwart [...]

By |2018-05-23T00:34:10-04:00December 14th, 2017|Policy Brief, Publications|0 Comments

Union Time on the Taxpayer Dime

Over the past 20 years, Floridians have consistently made conscious decisions about the type of government we want to leave to our kids, our grandkids, and their grandkids. Those decisions have, for the most part, focused on a commitment to limited government, low taxes, and economic liberty. From the [...]

By |2018-05-25T12:23:18-04:00August 31st, 2017|Policy Brief, Publications|Comments Off on Union Time on the Taxpayer Dime

Let’s Honor Bethune with a New K-12 Scholarship Program

Two decades ago, while on a business trip to Rome, I made an unexpected discovery when I went to exchange dollars into (pre-euro) liras: The Italian equivalent of our one-dollar bill featured a portrait of legendary educator Maria Montessori. That’s right, long before the U.S. government’s 2016 decision to [...]

By |2018-05-25T12:26:13-04:00August 1st, 2017|Policy Brief, Publications|Comments Off on Let’s Honor Bethune with a New K-12 Scholarship Program

The Biggest Health Care CON

Certificate-of-Need programs were intended to limit the supply of health care services within a state. Proponents claim that the limits were necessary to, among other things, control costs and increase the amount of charity care being provided. However, 40 years of evidence has demonstrated that these programs do not achieve [...]

By |2018-11-13T15:10:55-04:00April 11th, 2017|Policy Brief, Publications|Comments Off on The Biggest Health Care CON

Smart on Sentencing

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 [...]

By |2018-05-25T12:42:10-04:00March 20th, 2017|Policy Brief, Publications|Comments Off on Smart on Sentencing

2017 Policy Priorities of The James Madison Institute

Dr. Robert McClure ​President and CEO In the aftermath of the 2016 election, it has helped me tremendously to recall my baptism in the movement I have made my passion. In the summer of 1976, I was 11 years old and vacationing with my family. My father, mother, sisters, [...]

By |2020-05-22T13:10:16-04:00January 3rd, 2017|Policy Brief, Publications|Comments Off on 2017 Policy Priorities of The James Madison Institute

Why a High-Speed Rail Skeptic Likes All Aboard Florida

The real question for HSR in the United States is whether there are niche markets where a passenger rail business can be self-supporting. The All Aboard Florida (AAF) project proponents believe they have found a market linking the cities of Miami and Orlando (a distance of 235 miles), and [...]

By |2018-05-25T13:50:30-04:00December 28th, 2016|Policy Brief, Publications|Comments Off on Why a High-Speed Rail Skeptic Likes All Aboard Florida

2016 Amendment Guide

As November 8, 2016 quickly approaches, Floridians are preparing to cast their collective votes to decide who will best represent the timeless constitutional ideals of limited government, free-markets and individual liberty. However, there is one lesser-regarded, but equally important, section of the ballot many will, to their disadvantage, either [...]

By |2018-05-25T14:42:37-04:00August 3rd, 2016|Policy Brief, Publications|Comments Off on 2016 Amendment Guide
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