Recent TaxWatch Op-Eds

Florida Students Deserve Higher Bar for Accountability

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Florida students deserve the chance to succeed in their education, their careers and their lives.

Measuring how well our schools are doing is critical to their success. For years, Florida has had clear and transparent school grades. These grades have been used not only to grade our schools, but to provide support for how to improve them.

Saturday, November 28, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1484)/Comments (0)/
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Florida the New High-Tech Frontier

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Silicon Valley is synonymous with global technology, but could Florida be the next frontier? A new high-tech hub being developed outside Orlando will thrust the Sunshine State into the global advanced manufacturing industry, and promises high-skill jobs, new capital and the influence of a multibillion dollar industry.
Sunday, June 14, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1567)/Comments (0)/
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Taxpayers Deserve More Than Checking The Box

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Florida taxpayers and their children are facing more than $10.5 billion in debt due to increasingly rich and consistently over-promised government pensions.

These obligations will be paid by taxpayers who don't have access to similar benefits in the private sector, because pension plan beneficiaries take on no risk, yet the taxpayers indemnify losses. State laws have forced hard-working taxpayers into larger losses because of their mandates to increase required local government benefits.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1553)/Comments (0)/
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Recalculating Class Size Keeps Classrooms Small, Allows for Investment in Students and Teachers

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

A nonpartisan report from Florida TaxWatch analyzes the opportunities to reform the state’s class size restrictions to better educate Florida students.  The solution would reduce class size compliance costs and increase the investment in other, proven tools to increase student achievement. TaxWatch recommends that the state uniformly employ a class size calculation that is discriminately used for only some public schools, which would result in a multi-billion dollar savings for Florida taxpayers. By adjusting the calculation of class sizes to a school level average, schools would be able to keep classes small without handcuffing principals and administrators who are tasked with creating a positive learning environment for all students. 

 

Monday, March 30, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2437)/Comments (0)/
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