Recent TaxWatch Op-Eds

Amendment 4 Will Save Taxpayers Money and Give Felons a Second Chance

By Reggie Garcia, Florida lawyer & author of two books on executive clemency

Florida’s 13 million voters have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help convicted felons who have paid their debt to society earn the right to vote, and to a second chance. Called the “Voting Restoration Amendment,” a proposed constitutional amendment will grant most of the 1.7 million convicted felons the right to vote and help select their leaders for local, state and federal offices. That is a good thing. It makes sense.

Monday, November 5, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (118)/Comments (0)/
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The Time is Now to Address the Everglades Crisis

By Governor Bob Martinez and President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Florida’s Everglades is an American iconic national park known and revered throughout the world for its bio diversity. Floridians, regardless where they live, must join together to protect and restore this treasure before the Everglades reaches a point of no return. The Everglades is home to thousands of plant and animal species and draws millions of visitors to Florida. Unfortunately, decades of massive changes to the habitat’s water flow have resulted in unintended consequences that threaten Florida’s environment, residents, and economy. The situation requires immediate action.
Thursday, April 27, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1808)/Comments (0)/
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Strangling Enterprise Florida, VISIT FLORIDA Costly to Sunshine State's Future

By Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, and Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Channel

Right now, jobs and the future of Florida’s economy are in jeopardy. That’s because some politicians in Tallahassee want to eliminate Florida’s economic development programs and slash the state’s tourism marketing efforts.
Friday, March 31, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1747)/Comments (0)/
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We Must Continue Fight to Protect Public’s Right to Maintain a Vigilant Eye on their Elected Officials

By Florida TaxWatch Chairman-Elect Pat Neal and President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

As a nonpartisan government watchdog and taxpayer-research institute that focuses on promoting government accountability and transparency, Florida TaxWatch supports the use of public notices in local newspapers of record by government entities to notify all of their citizens of meetings and votes. Unfortunately, current proposed legislation would allow municipality websites to be the only required source for public notice posting.
Thursday, March 23, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2384)/Comments (0)/
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Teacher Shortages Harm the Future of Our State

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Florida’s education system is facing a crisis that will affect our children and our future. Teachers have been leaving schools at alarming rates with no one to replace them. Low pay and the stress associated with teaching have driven many college students away from the profession, leaving a shallow talent pool of highly qualified teachers. Additionally, Florida TaxWatch research has found that Constitutionally-mandated class size limits in Florida have led to higher demand for teachers, resulting in under-qualified individuals being hired or schools not being able to fill the position as the pool of teachers shrinks.
Friday, March 3, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1724)/Comments (0)/
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