Recent TaxWatch Op-Eds

Florida Legislators Must Commit to Transparency and Accountability in the Budgeting Process

by Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch

July 1 marked the first day of Florida’s 2016-17 fiscal year with the new $82.3 billion budget and 159 laws going into effect. The budget, the largest in Florida history, funds all types of services for Floridians, ranging from education and health care to state parks and court renovations.

Passing a state budget is required by the Florida Constitution and involves extremely difficult decisions. Still, it is imperative that our elected officials exercise accountability and transparency in the budgeting process. The hardworking taxpayers of Florida rightfully expect that lawmakers will thoroughly vet all appropriations before adding them to the budget.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

 

Friday, July 29, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2523)/Comments (0)/
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The $15 an Hour Debate Should Be About a $15 an Hour Workforce, Not Wage

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

As the most recent Florida TaxWatch research shows, a drastic increase to a $15 an hour minimum wage could produce unfortunate results. It is far more important for Florida's policymakers to make targeted investments in education and workforce development to build a $15 an hour workforce, rather than through burdensome government mandates.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2301)/Comments (0)/
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Invest in Students and Teachers, Not Lawsuits and Lawyers

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Florida’s push for education gains should be conducted in the classroom, not the courtroom. A Leon County judge’s sweeping decision this week to protect education options for more than 70,000 students is an historic moment. It is critical that we work together and focus on helping students and teachers by strengthening scholarship and school options for students in need.

Thursday, May 26, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2345)/Comments (0)/
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Florida’s State Workers are a Valuable Part of the State’s Daily Life

It is time to recognize them for their hard work and dedication.

From matters of life and death to the future of our economy, state workers play critical roles in making our state the best in the nation to learn, to work and to live. Whether it’s protecting the state’s most vulnerable children from abuse, making sure our colleges and universities are preparing Florida for the future, or planning for smart and efficient use of our taxpayers’ money, state workers are silent heroes in helping our state move forward.

Thursday, April 21, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3595)/Comments (0)/
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Floridians with Disabilities Face Hurdles In Employment

But the Florida Legislature made a concentrated effort to improve job opportunities for Floridians with disabilities.

Florida’s economy has rarely been stronger than it is now with our state’s unemployment at 5 percent and strong growth predicted for the state’s future. However, there is a critical segment being left behind in this economic expansion. Floridians with disabilities account for more than 20 percent of the population, yet only 30 percent of those are employed.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3474)/Comments (0)/
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