To many Americans who are both life-long rail fans and technology consumers, the idea of high-speed rail (HSR) is incredibly attractive. But for market-oriented proponents of limited government, there is also a natural opposition to projects that require large-scale taxpayer subsides to even exist. Therefore, many have strong objections to the struggling California High-Speed Rail project and were proud when Gov. Rick Scott cited a critical Reason Foundation report in cancelling the proposed Tampa-Orlando HSR project in 2011. Nevertheless, there exists a strong market-based case for the private-sector Miami to Orlando project called All Aboard Florida.
When teen golfer Abbey Carlson speaks of “flight time,” she could just as easily be talking about the timespan one of her drives stays in the air as she could the aviation schedule for her next solo excursion in the plane she helped build. Carlson, you see, is a 2016 graduate of an innovative “school of the future” in Central Florida that has offerings in both golf and aviation. Yet, the “school of the future” tag probably has more to do with the school’s unique structure than it does the diverse array of courses and extracurricular activities that helped Carlson land a full scholarship to Vanderbilt University. To understand this structure, think college – not high school.
At the turn of the 20th century, advocates of an alternate court process for juveniles highlighted problems that existed with prosecuting court-involved children in adult court where they principally faced punishment and surveillance. As an alternative, these advocates established juvenile courts, which reduced the severity of punishment and combined it with rehabilitative regimes and programs aimed at turning children’s lives around.
Over the next 12 months, a battle will be waged in the Sunshine State -- over the sunshine itself. Voters in Florida will likely consider at least one, and possibly two amendments to the Florida Constitution that decide whether the solar power industry will be able to write its own rules and make crony capitalism a protected right under the Florida Constitution – for the benefit of the solar power industry alone.