Tag: The James Madison Institute
Bans Off Our Bodies protest in St. Pete

Phil AmmannFebruary 9, 2016

Second of three parts. Civil forfeiture began as something relatively innocuous. Throughout most of U.S. history, civil forfeiture was primarily used to enforce duties and excise taxes. But this all changed during the 1980s, as law enforcement agencies around the nation began to realize that they could supplement their resources by pursuing civil forfeiture instead […]

Guest AuthorFebruary 8, 2016

What would you think if your neighbors decided one Christmas that instead of getting their daughter a much-wanted hula hoop and their son a long-prized model airplane (that loops the loop), fairness demands that they give their children carbon copies of the same toy? If you’re like me, you’d probably think, “Surely, it must be […]

Phil AmmannFebruary 8, 2016

First of three parts Floridians consider property rights to be sacrosanct. Indeed, our state constitution extends further than most by expressly declaring the rights to “acquire, possess and protect property” as basic and inalienable. Unfortunately, our actions over the last three decades in one specific area have not lived up to this promise. This area […]

Peter SchorschOctober 26, 2015

In the wake of Hurricane Patricia‘s thrashing of Mexico, a pair of conservative think tanks are warning Florida to fix its storm-related insurance system. The James Madison Institute and R Street Institute released a policy brief last week,”Shoring Up Florida’s Property Insurance Market,” in which the organizations argue for the Legislature to pass reforms to “eliminate cost […]

Ryan RayAugust 24, 2015

Lawyer-lobbyist extraordinaire and publisher of the Sayfie Review Justin Sayfie has announced the Thought Leadership Partners — a group of Florida-based think tanks and advocacy groups — whose work will help inform the publication’s upcoming Florida Leaders Summit, set for Nov. 16 and 17 in Orlando. The list of intellectual partners for the summit is: AIF Foundation Bob […]

Guest AuthorSeptember 15, 2014

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive in Florida, despite federal tax and trade policies that discourage it. It is especially strong among recent immigrants who — like the Cuban refugees before them — fled countries such as Venezuela, where an authoritarian government seems bent on destroying the private-sector economy. Unfortunately, despite Florida excellent business climate, starting […]

Guest AuthorJuly 3, 2014

Because of a credit rating downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service, Jacksonville will soon be paying higher interest rates on its debts. This may well divert millions of tax dollars from serving the city’s residents to enhancing the bottom line of Wall Street’s lenders. The Florida Legislature’s chronic failure to make major reforms in state and […]


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