2005 Summer Journal

By: The James Madison Institute / 2005



Message from the Publisher – J. Stanley Marshall
Paying for Growth – Randall G. Holcombe

How should Florida pay for the roads, schools, and other infrastructure items needed to cope with the state’s population growth?

Medicaid Pilot Takes Flight – Michael T. Bond

Lawmakers didn’t approve the ambitious statewide reforms outlined in JMI’s March 2005 Backgrounder, Reforming Florida’s Medicaid Program With Consumer Choice and Competition, but they did approve a pilot project that includes some of the same free-market principles.

Real Tort Reform: Missing in Action – Robert “Jake” Bebber

Tort reform advocates had hoped the Republican control of the governorship and both houses of the Legislature would allow overdue action on tort reform. They were mistaken.

School Choice Gets Put On Hold – Robert F. Sanchez

Noting that the Florida Supreme Court was then preparing to hear a case involving school vouchers, skittish lawmakers balked at expanding school choice.

The Takings Conundrum: Why the State Should Pay When It Takes Our Liberty – Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte

Is the unjust incarceration of an innocent man akin to the government’s taking of private property without just compensation?

Academic Freedom: Foes Left and Right – Liam Julian

A recent college graduate offers his perspective on the campus culture war.

Academic Freedom as a Shield for AntiSemitism – Mitchell Bond

On too many liberal-dominated campuses, “The mantra of academic freedom has become a license to sanction teachings and forums that are anti-Israel and often cross the line to anti-Semitic.”

Keep Government in the Sunshine – Adria Gonzalez and Barbara Peterson

Florida has been a national leader in open government. Among the more notable supporters of open government are James Madison and Ronald Reagan.

Sunshine Government: Who Gets Burned? – Robert F. Sanchez

A former journalist questions the media’s rigid resistance to reasonable changes needed to address problems caused by Florida’s open government laws.

Madison’s Ten Landmark Amendments – Thomas V. DiBacco

A distinguished historian recounts the pivotal role that JMI’s namesake played in securing the blessings of liberty enshrined in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

A Visit with Mr. Ball – James Russell

Demonizing business leaders is a favorite trick of the political left and its allies in Hollywood, the news media, the labor movement, the education establishment, the environmental industry, and the trial bar. Few business leaders have been as unjustly reviled as Florida’s own Edward Ball, whose business empire provided capital, created jobs, and gave millions of dollars to philanthropic causes.