Recent TaxWatch Op-Eds

Economic Development Incentives Drive Jobs to Florida, Boost State Economy

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Shaping up to be one of the biggest battles in the Legislature in many years, the fight on economic development incentives and tourism funding has been swirling throughout the halls of the Capitol the last few weeks. On one side are those who believe that taxpayer dollars should not be used to entice businesses and tourists to Florida; the other side sees these programs as crucial for creating jobs and boosting our economy.
Friday, February 17, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1190)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Statement on Record-Breaking Tourism Numbers

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Today’s record-breaking tourism numbers are proof that Florida’s funding of marketing programs is working for the state. Nearly 113 million visitors came to the Sunshine State to attend our theme parks, spend time on the beach and enjoy numerous other attractions.
Thursday, February 16, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1043)/Comments (0)/
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Sales Tax Holidays Beneficial for Florida Taxpayers, Businesses Says Latest Florida Taxwatch Report

The holidays increase consumer spending.

The latest report by the non-profit, non-partisan government watchdog Florida TaxWatch finds that Florida’s sales tax holidays are beneficial to Florida taxpayers and businesses, while any decrease in sales tax revenue for the state is offset by growth revenue. The report notes that sales tax holidays are successful in increasing consumer spending, and that the Back To School Sales Tax Holiday is the second biggest shopping weekend in Florida, trailing only Black Friday.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (856)/Comments (0)/
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Florida's 2016 Job Growth Shows Continued Success

The state continues to rise from the depths of the Great Recession

Florida’s job growth in 2016 has brought the state’s employment numbers to an all-time high, according to a new report released today by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier nonpartisan, nonprofit government watchdog.
Monday, February 06, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1049)/Comments (0)/
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Statement on the Release of the Governor’s Budget

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Earlier today, Governor Scott revealed his proposed budget for consideration by the 2017 Legislature. His ‘Fighting for Florida’s Future’ budget aims to cut taxes for Floridians by $618 million (which includes a cut to the Business Rent Tax (BRT)), includes a $85 million investment in economic incentives and calls for $21 billion in state and local funding to improve Florida’s K-12 education system.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1641)/Comments (0)/
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