Recent TaxWatch Op-Eds

Expanding Judicial Discretion in Sentencing Will Reduce Prison Populations, Improve Outcomes

Judicial safety valves will also save significant taxpayer dollars.

Tough on crime laws of the 1980s and ‘90s have put a significant strain on Florida taxpayers. These policies, especially mandatory minimum sentences, have forced judges to place low-risk, nonviolent offenders behind bars when many pose little or no risk to public safety and have cost taxpayers millions of dollars in a state whose corrections system is already facing understaffing and funding issues.

Thursday, September 8, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2503)/Comments (0)/
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Performance-Based Contracting Can Lead to More Successful Public Outcomes

Performance-based contracts promote accountability in public contracting.

Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier non-profit, non-partisan government watchdog, highlights how performance-based contracting, or pay-for-performance, can increase efficiency and create successful outcomes in public sector contracting in its August 2016 Economic Commentary.  Evidence shows that when applied correctly, performance-based contracting can minimize the risk to the taxpayer while maximizing project outcomes.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2088)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Highlights Importance of Juvenile Pre-Arrest Diversion Programs

The report makes recommendations for the Legislature to improve the state's existing programs.

The latest Florida TaxWatch report analyzes our state’s juvenile pre-arrest diversion (JPAD) programs and finds these programs are crucial to keeping juveniles from deeper involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, leading to a decrease in recidivism and improved odds of success in their adult lives. These programs also save significant taxpayer dollars that can be better invested elsewhere.
Thursday, August 25, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2215)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Offers Guide To Help Voters Make An Informed Decision On Amendment 4

Understand what a "yes" or "no" vote means before you go to the polls.

Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute and government watchdog, has always committed itself to educating and informing Florida voters on critical policy issues affecting them. As part of this critical mission, we have released the 2016 Florida Primary Voter Guide, featuring an in-depth analysis of Amendment 4 that will assist voters in making an informed decision on August 30th.

Thursday, August 18, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (6486)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Welcomes Health Care Expert Allison Wiman As Research Analyst

Allison brings more than two decades of experience in nursing and research.

Allison is a perfect fit for our world-class research team on health care topics including telehealth, expanding the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, and other issues that affect the future of everyone in the Sunshine State.
Thursday, August 11, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2109)/Comments (0)/
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