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Latest Florida TaxWatch Economic Commentary Examines Ailments in Nursing Education

Legislation passed in 2009 made the problem worse.

Previous legislation to expand nursing programs and alleviate Florida's nursing shortage has had unintended consequences, finds the latest Economic Commentary from Florida TaxWatch, the state's premier non-partisan government watchdog.
Thursday, June 29, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (482)/Comments (0)/
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Chris Hart IV Named Executive Vice President of Florida TaxWatch

He will be a key cog in the TaxWatch leadership team.

Florida TaxWatch is pleased to announce its newest staff member. Chris Hart IV is the latest addition to Florida TaxWatch’s executive leadership team and will be serving as an Executive Vice President.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (569)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Applauds Governor Scott for Veto of AST Shake-Up Bill

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

The Agency for State Technology is a critical piece to ensuring that Florida’s government engine is well-oiled and moves along smoothly. Florida TaxWatch applauds Governor Scott for vetoing HB 5301 that would have reversed the progress Florida has made in improving its state technology services.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (398)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Statement on Funding for VISIT FLORIDA and Enterprise Florida

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro released the following statement following the passage of House Bill 1A during Special Session A.
Friday, June 09, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (549)/Comments (0)/
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New Rules Increased Transparency and Accountability for Member Projects, Resulting in Fewer Turkeys

Florida TaxWatch identified 111 appropriation items worth $177.8 million in the 2017-18 Fiscal Year Budget that qualify as “Budget Turkeys.”

Budget Turkeys are items, usually local member projects, that are added to the appropriations bill in during the budget conference that circumvent established competitive review processes. The Budget Turkey label does not signify judgment of a project’s worthiness.
Friday, May 26, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (661)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Reveals Innovative Winners of the 2017 Prudential Productivity Awards Program

203 awards will be conferred upon teams and individuals from across every state agency.

Today, Florida TaxWatch announced the winners of the 2017 Prudential Productivity Awards at a press conference in its offices in Tallahassee. In its 29th rendition, the Prudential Productivity Awards program is designed to highlight and reward state employees who innovatively reduce costs and improve services for Florida taxpayers.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (844)/Comments (0)/
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Statement on the Release of Florida's Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget

The budget comes in at $82.418 billion.

With the release of the fiscal year 2017-18 budget, lawmakers now have 72 hours to read the final proposed budget prior to voting. Florida TaxWatch played an instrumental role in the enactment of the constitutionally required 72 hour "cooling off" period. This allows the public, press and legislators ample time to examine the budget before a vote is cast. The $82.418 billion state budget will fund various state agencies and critical services for all Floridians.
Friday, May 05, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (858)/Comments (0)/
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Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 10

The bill seeks to address the Everglades crisis.

With the passage of Senate Bill 10 yesterday, the state can now begin to address the Everglades problem. This is a huge win for taxpayers, the environment and the state as a whole as the long-term damage of ignoring this would have exponentially ballooned the costs of the crisis.
Wednesday, May 03, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (720)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Statement on Passage of HB 7109

The package includes a cut to the business rent tax.

Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro released the following statement on the HB 7109, which passed the House earlier today.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (825)/Comments (0)/
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Time to Take Immediate Action on Everglades Says Florida TaxWatch

Failure to address problem will hurt Florida's economy and environment.

Continued inaction on the Everglades problem will be a detriment to taxpayers and the future of the state, says the latest report from Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier government watchdog group. The organization finds that if the state does not find a solution to the algae blooms and other problems from diversion of water from Lake Okeechobee, the state, tourism industry, and the overall economy would lose millions in revenues, not to mention the negative health and environmental impacts.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2703)/Comments (0)/
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