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As HB 423 Provisions Go Into Effect, Florida TaxWatch Touts Victory for Nurse Practitioners

Florida becomes the final state to give ARNPs the power to prescribe controlled substances.

Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier, non-partisan government watchdog for almost 40 years, has led the charge for expanding scope of practice for advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) and physician assistants (PAs), which would significantly lower costs for patients while improving access across the state. On January 1, 2017, provisions within HB 423 became effective, making Florida the final state in the country to allow ARNPs to prescribe controlled drugs.
Thursday, January 05, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1239)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Unwraps $2 Billion Gift to State’s Taxpayers

The Government Efficiency Task Force final report is an opportunity to take pressure off lawmakers in tight budget year.

Today, Florida TaxWatch held a press conference outlining the Florida Government Efficiency Task Force (GETF) final report, which details 29 recommendations that would improve government operations while saving hard-working Florida taxpayers’ money. The potential cost-savings the state could realize if these recommendations were implemented could exceed $2 billion annually.
Thursday, December 22, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1811)/Comments (0)/
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The Sunshine State on Path to Sustainable Growth in 2017 Says Latest Florida TaxWatch Report

The December edition of the Florida TaxWatch Economic Commentary previews the 2017 state economy.

While people are focusing on holiday shopping and travel plans, Florida TaxWatch is looking to 2017 and what it will bring for Florida’s economic outlook. The latest Economic Commentary published by the non-partisan, non-profit research institute finds that 2017 should bring sustained growth to the Sunshine State as people continue to find jobs and payrolls increase.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1474)/Comments (0)/
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Tax Credit Scholarships Save Florida Money

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

It is understandable that new forms of public education — whether they are magnet schools, charters, virtual schooling or dual enrollment — can cause anxiety. The conversation around the teachers union lawsuit to shut down the tax credit scholarship program for low-income children has produced a lot of heat but has shed very little light on the issue. And the issue underlying the lawsuit is allowing parents of disadvantaged students to choose the best educational option that permits their children to reach new levels of academic achievement.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1280)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Budget Watch Highlights Increased Revenue Estimates, Shortfall Still Looms

The revenue forecast was raised by $119.3 million in the current year (FY2016-17) and by $22.6 million for the next budget year (FY2017-18).

Thursday, December 15, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1140)/Comments (0)/
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