James Madison Institute

Criminal Justice Reform – Don’t Drop the Ball, Florida

December 6, 2017

As such, criminal justice reform must be rooted in the conservative principles of constitutionally-limited government, transparency, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free enterprise, and the centrality of the family and community. Applying those timeless principles to Florida’s criminal justice system – as lawmakers apply them in other policy areas – will deliver a better return on taxpayers’ investments in public safety.

Unlocking Free-Market Competition with Freight Rail Reform

December 6, 2017

In a properly functioning free market, the forces of supply and demand would effectively set economically sound rail rates that benefit both the shipper and the railroad company. To unlock these market forces, we must eliminate outdated regulations at the Surface Transportation Board that shield railroads from competing with each other as we simplify costly and bureaucratic government procedures.

Retreating from the Brink

December 6, 2017

Realizing these long-term economic dangers, Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders enacted reforms to transition the state from self-insurance to actual insurance. Many of these reforms were first proposed by research scholars at R Street and The James Madison Institute.

CON - Price Gougers: A Criminal Class, Plain and Simple

December 6, 2017

Some argue that this is the natural course of market forces. There is now high demand for a commodity - a necessary one at that - and the market has responded by raising prices. This is the classic definition of scarcity or the law of supply and demand. Yet, this theory assumes certain factors that are not present during the days preceding and following a hurricane.

Opening Water Markets in Florida

Logan Pike | December 6, 2017

With a limited source of water and a population that is rapidly increasing, conflicts over water accessibility have drawn the political spotlight and triggered calls for policy reform. Florida’s geography, population, and water supply have created a call for solutions that account for the different needs and challenges in different parts of the state.

Florida’s Occupational Burden – A License to Kill… Jobs

December 6, 2017

Occupational licensing laws, or state permission slips to work in certain regulated professions, impact millions of workers in the United States -- about one of every four workers. In order to start work as a cosmetologist or a massage therapist, for instance, states have instituted licensing laws that require a prospective worker to accomplish minimum training requirements, pass exams, meet age and grade requirements, and pay fees to the state. Moreover, licensing laws are far from uniform. Each state determines which professions require a license and the accompanying regulations and requirements will often differ from state to state, resulting in a broad and unreasonable red tape spectrum.