As one example of our work, the Florida's
Governor's Office under Chiles was legislatively mandated to
recommend what Florida should do with its foreign offices. Were the
current offices justified? What were the trends in Florida's foreign
trade? Where should Florida have its offices? Why? Our research
report showed the Florida foreign offices were not optimized
relative to our trade patterns and suggested alternative locations
to maximize Floridian's economic benefits.
A second public
policy project was that, in the 1990s, Florida's Governor introduced
a new health plan: Florida Health Security. Business leaders in the
Florida Chamber of Commerce wanted to know if the plan made sense.
Were the Governor's numbers valid? Which and how many Floridians
would be affected? And the bottom-line: what could that mean in
terms of new taxes? KEC's analysis identified the weaknesses with
the Governor's plan and helped them argue for more economically