For tens of millions of Americans, day-to-day reality has been a roller coaster of catastrophic events and economic tumult. From 9/11 to Middle East wars to the financial sector collapse to the Great Recession to COVID and the economic times of the present – there seems to be little progress toward anything resembling normalcy. In all of this, Americans know two things – it was not the way our founders intended us to be, and that Washington politicians and bureaucrats are wholly incapable of fixing what years of neglect of the founding principles have wrought.
The state of Florida stands apart as a contrast to that reality and presents the vital alternative – freedom, opportunity, and economic liberty for all.
The James Madison Institute, Florida’s leading think tank in America’s most influential state, is at the tip of the spear in the fight for freedom. In both cementing progress for Floridians and serving as the north star for 49 other states in desperate need of idea leadership, our purpose is to advance ideas that make Florida the best place to live, work, and raise a family. From entrepreneurs starting and expanding businesses, to parents tailoring education settings to best fit their children, to everyday Floridians interacting with their healthcare providers – the ideas we champion protect and advance opportunity and prosperity here and offer a path to export these cherished ideals beyond Florida’s borders.
As the rest of the nation looks to the Sunshine State, we present our 2023 Policy Priorities – a vision of policy success anchored in five pillars of Florida Success.