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STATEMENT RELEASE: JMI Releases 2020 Pol⁠i⁠cy Pr⁠i⁠or⁠i⁠⁠t⁠⁠i⁠es

By: Logan Padgett / 2019


November 12, 2019


Logan Elizabeth Padgett

(850) 386-3131

TALLAHASSEE- In recent years, Florida policymakers have begun substantive dialogues on topics such as how to positively address the challenges in health care access and provision, beginning to right size the criminal justice system, adapting a 20th century regulatory system to 21st century technology and innovation, protecting private property rights, and how to reform the education system to meet every student’s unique needs.

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.

The James Madison Institute is pleased to release “20 for ‘20,” 20 ways we will protect Florida prosperity in 2020.

Some of the items on JMI’s list of resolutions to advance liberty in Florida are:

  • Promote job opportunity through occupational licensing.
  • Address challenges in Florida’s criminal justice system via effective sentencing reform.
  • Advance the principle of funding that “follows the student” in both K-12 and post-secondary education.
  • Oppose encroachment by local governments into areas that are best served by private markets.
  • Expand patient-centered, market-based healthcare reforms to address Florida’s healthcare shortages.

“Florida continues to be an aggressive state in advancing conservative governing principles. We are taking a cue from the country’s most popular governor and our bold legislature in providing 20 big ideas for 2020. It’s our hope that with the help of our members, donors, and friends across the country, JMI will continue to set the pace for liberty, freedom, and opportunity for all Floridians. ” –Sal Nuzzo, Vice President of Policy, The James Madison Institute

“Florida leaders have a great opportunity to continue to expand educational options so that all K-12 students can learn in an environment that fits their unique needs, interests, and priorities.  We hope they will act boldly — and that they will also strengthen the emphasis on America’s founding principles in civics education so that all Florida students are well prepared for the responsibilities of citizenship. “ –William Mattox, Director of the J. Stanley Marshall Center for Educational Options, The James Madison Institute

The mission of The James Madison Institute is to promote economic prosperity through advancing the principles of the free market, limited government and greater individual liberty. JMI remains steadfast in the belief that an ongoing commitment to limiting the footprint of government control in our lives, pursuing free markets through competition, protecting private property, and expanding the ability of parents to choose the best educational settings for their children will continue to make the Sunshine State a beacon of liberty and prosperity for the rest of the world.

 To read “20 For ‘20,” click here.


Florida’s premier policy research think tank, The James Madison Institute is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the advancement of free markets and liberty. The Institute conducts research on such issues as criminal justice, health care, taxes, and regulatory environments.