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Amendment 4 Will Save Taxpayers Money and Give Felons a Second Chance

By Reggie Garcia, Florida lawyer & author of two books on executive clemency

Florida’s 13 million voters have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help convicted felons who have paid their debt to society earn the right to vote, and to a second chance. Called the “Voting Restoration Amendment,” a proposed constitutional amendment will grant most of the 1.7 million convicted felons the right to vote and help select their leaders for local, state and federal offices. That is a good thing. It makes sense.

Monday, November 5, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (118)/Comments (0)/
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Monday, July 30, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (147)/Comments (0)/
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FLORIDA TAXWATCH BREAKS DOWN FLORIDA’S $89.313 BILLION BUDGET VIA NEW INTERACTIVE GUIDE

Today, Florida TaxWatch released the Taxpayers' Budget Guide to the FY2018-19 state budget, which went into effect July 1, 2018.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (378)/Comments (0)/
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NEW FLORIDA TAXWATCH REPORT EXPLORES BEST PRACTICES IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Florida TaxWatch recently convened some of Florida’s top educational leaders to discuss improving the leadership in our public school principals and today a summary report of that discussion in available publicly. The summary report, released today, includes the discussed strategies, a review of related educational literature, and a number of takeaways for consideration by policymakers and education professionals.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (258)/Comments (0)/
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SCOTUS Ruling Opens Door to E-Fairness in FL

SCOTUS Ruling Opens Door to E-Fairness in FL

Reaction and explanation of SCOTUS decision from Robert Weissert, Esq. and Kurt Wenner
Thursday, June 21, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1835)/Comments (0)/
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FLORIDA TAXWATCH STATEMENT ON THE SUPREME COURT ONLINE SALES TAX DECISION

Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision to allow states to collect sales taxes from online retailers -
Thursday, June 21, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (247)/Comments (0)/
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FLORIDA REMAINS A LOW TAX STATE BUT LOCAL TAX BURDENS REMAIN HIGH ACCORDING TO TAXWATCH REPORT

Today, Florida TaxWatch released the 2018 edition of the How Florida Compares: Taxes report. For several years, TaxWatch has published this easy-to-use guide to help Floridians better understand their state through comparing our state's taxes to those that are levied across the nation. The How Florida Compares: Taxes report provides nonpartisan information on where Florida ranks and contains nearly 40 tables, graphs, and charts that provide a comprehensive look at tax collections and other government revenues for all 50 states.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (230)/Comments (0)/
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MIAMI-BASED GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COUNSELOR FAUSTO GOMEZ NAMED TO FLORIDA TAXWATCH BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The state’s premier taxpayer research institute, Florida TaxWatch, has appointed one of Florida’s most respected government relations counselors to its Board of Trustees. Fausto Gomez, President of Gomez Barker Advisors, joins the Tallahassee-based watchdog organization. He presently serves as a public affairs professional successfully representing businesses and governments in Florida.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (269)/Comments (0)/
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FLORIDA TAXWATCH ANNOUNCES INNOVATIVE WINNERS OF THE 2018 PRUDENTIAL PRODUCTIVITY AWARDS PROGRAM

Florida TaxWatch has announced the winners of the 2018 Prudential Productivity Awards at a press conference in its offices in Tallahassee. Established in 1989, the Prudential Productivity Awards program is designed to highlight and reward state employees who innovatively reduce costs and improve services for Florida taxpayers.
Thursday, May 17, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (620)/Comments (0)/
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REPEALING THE NON-HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION CAP COULD RESULT IN ANNUAL $700 MILLION TAX INCREASE

A new report from the state's independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit government watchdog and taxpayer research institute, Florida TaxWatch, shows that failure to make permanent the non-homestead exemption cap could result in Floridians paying as much as $700 million more in property taxes annually. However, Florida voters will have the chance to protect themselves from higher property taxes by voting “yes” on Amendment 2 this November.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (556)/Comments (0)/
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