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James Mad⁠i⁠son Ins⁠t⁠⁠i⁠⁠t⁠u⁠t⁠e Releases 2023 Sunsh⁠i⁠ne S⁠t⁠a⁠t⁠e Pr⁠i⁠or⁠i⁠⁠t⁠⁠i⁠es

By: Logan Padgett / 2022


December 12, 2022

CONTACT: Logan Elizabeth Padgett



With the economic freedom and prosperity we enjoy here, the Florida experiment is clearly working. Together, we have won many victories for limited government, economic prosperity and liberty, but there is still much to be done.

Today, The James Madison Institute released its 2023 Sunshine State Policy Priorities, which detail a robust and visionary set of initiatives for the next year that reinforce our principles of limited government and economic liberty.

“The 2022 election provided a clarion call for Florida – full steam ahead. With overwhelming victories across the board for conservatives in the Sunshine State, there is nothing short of a mandate for the types of policy reforms that have been the hallmark of the past 20 years. We look forward to working with Governor DeSantis, Speaker Renner, President Passidomo, and legislative leaders in both chambers to continue making Florida the blueprint for 49 other states.” — Sal Nuzzo, Vice President of Policy

“It’s time for Florida policymakers to adopt a New A+ Plan for K-12 Education — flexible-use scholarships for all Florida students (that’s the A) with weighted funding for special populations, including those living in Title I neighborhoods (that’s the Plus).  Adopting a new A+ Plan for K-12 Education would provide universal coverage for all students, real choices for families that lack them, and new ways to stimulate “positive neighborhood effects” in disadvantaged communities. Moreover, Florida policymakers should seek to have the weighted funding come from Washington, by calling upon the U.S. Congress to reform the Title I program so that it funds students rather than school systems.” — William Mattox, Director of the J. Stanley Marshall Center for Educational Options, The James Madison Institute

“With resounding majorities in both chambers of Florida’s legislature, I am optimistic that 2023 will be a year to press ahead full steam to show the rest of the country that Florida’s success is not a flash in the pan. It is a direct result of consistent, conservative, market-friendly policies that place a value on economic liberty for all.” — Dr. Victor Claar, Adjunct Director of the George Gibbs Center for Economic Prosperity

“As New York and California reject innovators and entrepreneurs by imposing high taxes and burdensome regulations, Florida has the opportunity to position itself as a national and global technology hub. Through these policy recommendations, we firmly believe the legislature, the executive, and state agencies will continue to be able to reaffirm their commitment to a light-touch regulatory agenda, free markets, and consumer protections. In doing so, we also believe they will ensure Floridians, regardless of where they call home, will be able to reap the economic and social benefits technology and innovation provides.” — Edward Longe, Director of the Center for Technology and Innovation, The James Madison Institute

To read “2023 Sunshine State Priorities,” click here.


The James Madison Institute is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the ideals of limited government, economic freedom, federalism and individual liberty coupled with individual responsibility. The institute conducts research on such issues as criminal justice, health care, taxes and regulatory environments.