Recent TaxWatch Op-Eds

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 (862)/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 (1089)/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 (1090)/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 (947)/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 (857)/Comments (0)/
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