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You’re Inv⁠i⁠⁠t⁠ed: Apr⁠i⁠l 15 Occupa⁠t⁠⁠i⁠onal L⁠i⁠cens⁠i⁠ng Panel D⁠i⁠scuss⁠i⁠on

By: The James Madison Institute / 2014

You’re Invited: Occupational Licensing Panel Discussion

On April 15 join JMI, Mercatus, IJ and LIBRE for lunch! Tickets available now!

From Idea to Instruction: A look into the creation of industry regulations and how they impact the Florida economy. Join Florida thought leaders in a panel discussion on the topic of occupational licensing in Florida.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 (Tax Day!). Lunch starts at 11:45 a.m.; program at noon.

WHERE: The Governors Club of Tallahassee, 202 S Adams St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

COST: Tickets are $15 for JMI members; $20 for non-members. To purchase tickets, click this link:

WHO: Moderator: Dr. Bob McClure, President and CEO, The James Madison InstitutePanel (Topics Below)

– Patrick McLaughlin, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

– Claudia Murray Edenfield, Attorney, Institute for Justice

– Jorge Lima, Policy Director, The LIBRE Initiative

– Bob Sanchez, Policy Director, The James Madison Institute

Regulatory Reform in Florida: An Opportunity for Greater Competitiveness and Economic Efficiency – McLaughlin will discuss two simple yet effective regulatory reforms that Florida could adopt to make new regulations more economically efficient, outlined in Mercatus’ latest report “Regulatory Reform in Florida.” These suggested reforms could be usefully applied to all regulatory actions, thereby improving Florida’s competitiveness and helping to prevent unnecessary regulatory burdens to its economy. He will discuss how occupational licensing is an example of how regulation that does not follow high quality analysis can have detrimental economic effects.

Florida’s Dirty Dozen: Twelve Repealers That Can Boost Business, Create Jobs, and Change Florida’s Economic Policy for the Better – Murray Edenfield will discuss how too often, legislators attempt to help businesses by enacting laws, but how in some instances it is better for businesses if the government simply gets out of the way. IJ argues that Florida legislators should make Florida more business friendly by repealing laws and gives 12 examples of laws whose repeal would help small businesses, outlined in the IJ Florida Chapter’s latest report “Florida’s Dirty Dozen: Twelve Repealers That Can Boost Business, Create Jobs, and Change Florida’s Economic Policy for the Better.”

The Impact of Regulations on the Hispanic Community – Hispanics are entrepreneurial and small business oriented – creating businesses at twice the national rate. As governments on both the federal and state level continue to add to the regulatory burden, more and more Hispanics are losing the ability to open their own businesses and contribute to the state economy. Often times, legislators’ well-intentioned acts have negative impacts on the community’s ability to create jobs. As we continue to search for ways to improve our economy, the government should evaluate the impact existing and proposed regulations have on our small businesses and search for ways to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit.