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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Finds That Food Deserts Threaten Florida’s Public Health, Economy

Florida ranks 33rd in the nation for overall health of its residents.

The latest report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog, finds that food deserts are taking a serious toll on our residents. The report finds that more than 23.5 million people throughout the United States are in areas deemed food deserts—places that lack access to healthy food options—and that people living in these areas are more likely to be obese and have health complications.
Monday, March 27, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (70)/Comments (0)/
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Failure to Fund Tourism Would Devastate the Sunshine State

Proposals in the Florida House Would Slash Tourism Marketing Programs

Florida tourism is an absolutely critical industry to the state, employing millions of people and contributing millions of dollars to state coffers. Despite its importance to the Sunshine State, tourism is in the crosshairs of the Florida House, a costly decision according to the latest report by the state’s premier non-partisan government watchdog, Florida TaxWatch.
Thursday, March 23, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (573)/Comments (0)/
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Proposed National Border-Adjustment Tax on Reinsurance Would Be a Significant Blow to Florida’s Economy and Taxpayers

It would disproportionately affect the Sunshine State.

The latest report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog, finds that applying a national border-adjusted tax to reinsurance transactions would result in significantly increased property and casualty insurance premiums for Floridians and negatively impact the state economy and job market.
Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (444)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Revenue Estimating Conference Makes Small Boost to Available Funds for Budget

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Today’s Revenue Estimating Conference estimates that an additional $77.8 million in general revenue for the Legislature available to craft the new budget. Despite this boost, the new additions do not materially change the future outlook of the budget process. The Legislature will have to practice fiscal responsibility when crafting the state budget, ensuring that it is balanced and that it funds critical services for taxpayers.
Friday, March 17, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (98)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Looks at True Cost of Education for Hard-Working Taxpayers

The true cost of education is often much greater than the totals reported from the FEFP as capital outlay, debt service, and other K-12 services are reported separately.

The latest finding by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier non-partisan government watchdog, explores the true cost of education beyond the “per student” number often cited by the Legislature and media. This report gives Florida taxpayers a more comprehensive and insightful view of the ways that education dollars are spent and allows them to make informed decisions as to whether their tax dollars are being spent in a fiduciary manner.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (191)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Keeps the Focus on Hard-Working Taxpayers During The State of the Taxpayer Dinner

The event is in its second year.

On March 8, Florida TaxWatch, an independent nonpartisan research institute, held its State of the Taxpayer Dinner highlighting the issues affecting Florida taxpayers during the 2017 Legislative Session. In its second year, the sold-out, standing room only State of the Taxpayer Dinner attracted more than 150 taxpayers, business and community leaders and lawmakers.
Thursday, March 09, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (119)/Comments (0)/
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Increasing Florida’s High-Tech Footprint Beneficial to State Economy, Job Market Says Latest Taxwatch Report

The Bluffs development will provide thousands of high-wage jobs in the Pensacola area.

A new report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog, finds that the growth of high-tech manufacturing is beneficial to Florida and that investing in the industry now can put us ahead of competitor states in enticing companies to the state.
Thursday, March 09, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (200)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Applauds Governor Scott’s Call to Cut Business Rent Tax, Fund Incentive and Tourism Programs

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Governor Scott's address today stressed what he, Florida TaxWatch and others have been saying for years - we need great jobs and a strong economy in order to make Florida the top state in the country to do business, grow a family and vacation. To do this, he said, we must cut the Business Rent Tax (BRT), fund targeted economic incentive programs and continue to market Florida as the nation's premier tourist destination.
Tuesday, March 07, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (172)/Comments (0)/
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Teen Trendsetters Program Prepares Students for Academic and Lifetime Success

Latest TaxWatch report analyzes the impact of the program.

According to Florida TaxWatch, the state’s independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog, the Barbara Bush Foundation’s Teen Trendsetters™ mentor program is helping Florida’s children succeed inside and outside of the classroom.  Not only is the program valuable to participants but taxpayers benefit via avoidance of social program costs and additional earnings generated from the potential increase in graduation rates.
Monday, March 06, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (73)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Highlights Economic Impact of Antibiotic Resistance

More than 2 million U.S. residents are affected by antibiotic resistant bacteria per year.

The latest edition of Florida TaxWatch’s Economic Commentary looks at the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) and the economic impact of ARB infections. The report finds that the increased use of antibiotics has allowed bacteria to develop resistance to many commonly used antibiotics, rendering antibiotic therapy ineffective in the treatment of ARB infections.
Thursday, March 02, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (107)/Comments (0)/
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