In this episode: Lobbyists for rent-seeking retailers like Walmart, Target and Home Depot are pushing policies in Florida that send small-time shoplifters to prison for many years — and then make it harder for them to get back on their feet when they finally get out. It’s an example of short-sighted, self-interested corporate lobbying that prioritizes protecting the profits of a few above all else. And it is blocking bipartisan reform efforts in the Florida Capitol that could help more workers find sustainable careers, bring prices down for consumers, and save money for taxpayers.
House Bill 549 – Retail Theft (2024)
Institute for Justice: License to Work (3rd edition)
Florida Policy Institute: Saving Taxpayer Dollars and Reducing Recidivism Through Occupational Licensing Reform
The Marshall Project: What the Panic Over Shoplifting Reveals About American Crime Policy
KPMG & Florida Department of Management Services: Charting a Path to a Safer, More Efficient Correctional System