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Our Statement Regarding Closing of Collins Center for Public Policy in Miami

The LeRoy Collins Institute is saddened to learn of the dissolution of the Collins Center for Public Policy in Miami. Florida needs more, not less, quality public policy research. We want to emphasize that the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University is independent of the Collins Center and is not affected by today’s action. We will continue to provide top-quality, timely research for the state that exemplifies the vision and principles of our founder and namesake, Governor LeRoy Collins.

LCI and CoreMessage Partnership is Award-Winning at Local and State Levels!

Recently, the LeRoy Collins Institute in partnership with CoreMessage, won a Florida Public Relations Association local and state Golden Image Award for excellence in public relations. The award was given as a result of the excellent execution of a public information campaign to heighten awareness of the growing problem of underfunded local pension plans. The successful campaign received more than 12 million media impressions and the LeRoy Collins Institute garnered articles in nearly every major media outlet in Florida.

LCI recommendations noted in Times-Union editorial 8-31-12

Surveying tough solutions for city's pension hole
Editorial, Posted: August 31, 2012

There are several tough choices facing the people of Jacksonville when it comes to the steep job of funding police and fire pensions.

These aren’t the only pension costs facing the city, but they represent the bulk of the unfunded portion.
This coming budget year, for instance, about $122 million of the $150 million in additional costs are assigned to police and fire pensions.

Fort Lauderdale plans massive borrowing to cover pension costs--Research Fellow David Matkin weighs the risks

Fort Lauderdale plans massive borrowing to cover pension costs

By Larry Barszewski, Sun Sentinel
2:03 p.m. EDT, July 23, 2012
The city has found a new way to shore up its pension funds and reduce budget expenses: borrow hundreds of millions of dollars to bet in the stock market.

Our Research Team is in Demand!

We have been asked to present findings from our current state-local governance research to several groups, noted below. Contact us if you would like us to speak to your group!

June 11 - Dr. Matkin to Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers
June 7 - Dr. Matkin to Tiger Bay Sarasota
April 13 - Dr. Weissert to Broward Workshop
February 3 - Dr. Weissert to FLorida Philanthropic Network