James Madison Institute

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The Effects of Certificate-of-Need Laws in Florida
Logan Pike | April 11, 2017

Government-imposed limits on competition harm consumers and increase the cost of health care. They have no place in a society seeking to ensure that all citizens have the ability to receive treatment.

Editorial: Build upon better approach to crime

April 2, 2017 | Gainesville Sun Online

The tough-on-crime approach that led to zero-tolerance drug laws and long mandatory minimum prison sentences is ineffective and expensive. Florida has the third-largest state prison system and yet has the country’s fifth-highest violent crime rate.

Power to public-school principals, not Betsy DeVos' protesters

March 31, 2017 | Orlando Sentinel Online

Bob McClure, president of Florida's free-market think tank, the James Madison Institute, puts it this way:“Hire great principals, pay them well, give them the tools to do their jobs and then get out of their way. Americans will be positively amazed at how quickly students start learning more.”

It's time for smart criminal justice

March 27, 2017 | Miami Herald Online

Florida can’t fix its broken, expensive criminal justice system overnight — and there’s still resistance among lawmakers nervous about appearing soft on crime. But with key legislators taking the lead — including Senate President Joe Negron — there should be enough courage in Tallahassee to embrace proven reforms that save money without compromising public safety.