Florida Policy Project

Best Practices. Better Outcomes.

Unbiased research to provide best policy solutions for Florida and beyond.


The Florida Policy Project (FPP) is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute.

The Florida Policy Project advances evidence-based policies to improve the lives of Floridians. We conduct rigorous research and provide education on critical issues such as criminal justice reform, property insurance, transportation, and housing. Our work fosters collaboration and informed decision-making, grounded in academic rigor and integrity, and informed by diverse perspectives to achieve better outcomes. The Florida Policy Project is supported by individuals, foundations, and corporations and does not accept government funds or contributions that could influence the outcomes of its research.

The overarching mission of FPP is to positively influence the quality of life for Florida residents and guests.

“Having served Florida constituents for the past 10 plus years, I am hyper-aware of the need for intelligent data-driven research that will help educate both the general public and our elected officials so they can make informed decisions before they vote on legislation.” 

– Jeff Brandes


Five Questions with former state Sen. Jeff Brandes

Jeff Brandes left the state Senate after serving 10 years there, following two years in the House. He returned to his Pinellas County home, filled …

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Fiona McFarland to again helm transportation-focused panel in House

A Sarasota Republican is returning to her leadership role on a lawmaking panel that has historically tackled a hodgepodge of transportation issues, from improving school-zone …

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3 takeaways from Spotlight Tampa Bay’s discussion on housing crisis

The Tampa Bay Times launched a community series last week called Spotlight Tampa Bay that invites residents to discuss hot topics with Times journalists and …

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Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics — 8.18.23

With over 800 people migrating to Florida every day, coupled with the Tampa Bay area’s rising notoriety among the best places to work and live, …

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Florida representatives look for solutions to the insurance crisis

TAMPA, Fla. — State lawmakers held a virtual town hall to talk about the insurance crisis Floridians face. People have been vocal about their concerns …

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‘We know what’s best for our cities:’ Local leaders address housing crisis

With over 800 people migrating to Florida every day, coupled with the Tampa Bay area’s rising notoriety among the best places to work and live, …

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Top Tampa Bay area events for the week of Aug. 14-20

Spotlight Tampa Bay: This event, which features a discussion about housing in Tampa Bay, brings together a panel that includes former Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, …

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Smart Driving Cars: Tampa to provide affordable downtown mobility with Tesla fleet

Tampa Downtown Partnership head Shaun Drinkard and Florida Policy Project Founder Jeff Brandes join Princeton’s Alain Kornhauser and co-host Fred Fishkin for a look at …

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