George Gibbs Center for Economic Prosperity

STATEMENT RELEASE: New JMI and Goldwa⁠t⁠er Pol⁠i⁠cy Br⁠i⁠ef on Common Sense Solu⁠t⁠⁠i⁠ons for Be⁠t⁠⁠t⁠er Governmen⁠t⁠

By: The James Madison Institute / 2018


March 28, 2018


Logan Padgett

(850) 386-3131


TALLAHASSEE – A new policy brief by The James Madison Institute and the Goldwater Institute finds three opportunities for Florida lawmakers to reduce the growth of the regulatory state.

Entitled, “Structural Reform for a More Prosperous Florida: Common Sense Solutions for Better Government,” the brief touts three main reforms including the Right to Earn a Living Act, a state-based REINS Act and the Congressional Review Act.
“Florida succeeds when we provide an environment for prosperity for all, and when we allow individuals to pursue their passions and create economic growth. While Florida does a tremendous job relative to other states, there is always more we can pursue. In many ways, the regulatory system of the 20th Century needs to adapt to the innovations present in the 21st. That requires ever-consistent vigilance on the part of our policy makers to remove barriers to prosperity,” said JMI Vice President of Policy and report co-author, Sal Nuzzo.

Examining just the past 20 years, the Sunshine State consistently has one of the best business climates in the United States and our state government has one of the most efficient and effective operations in the entire country.
Still, Florida has room for improvement.

“There has been a growing trend toward prohibiting people from working in the job of their choice or starting a business without first seeking government approval—even if they pose no health or safety threat to the public,” Goldwater Institute Director of National Litigation, and co-author of the report, Jon Riches said. “Today, about one in four jobs require government permission, and these unnecessarily high barriers to entry are keeping Floridians and Americans across the country from earning a living. That’s not how the Land of Opportunity should work.”

The policy brief, Structural Reform for a More Prosperous Florida: Common Sense Solutions for Better Government, is available at

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As Florida’s premier free-market think tank, The James Madison Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational organization. The Institute conducts research on such issues as health care, taxes, and regulatory environments.

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