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Incentives Drive Jobs, Boost Economy

Incentives Drive Jobs, Boost Economy

An op-ed from President & CEO Dominic Calabro
Thursday, February 23, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (987)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Legislators Must Commit to Transparency and Accountability in the Budgeting Process

by Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch

July 1 marked the first day of Florida’s 2016-17 fiscal year with the new $82.3 billion budget and 159 laws going into effect. The budget, the largest in Florida history, funds all types of services for Floridians, ranging from education and health care to state parks and court renovations.

Passing a state budget is required by the Florida Constitution and involves extremely difficult decisions. Still, it is imperative that our elected officials exercise accountability and transparency in the budgeting process. The hardworking taxpayers of Florida rightfully expect that lawmakers will thoroughly vet all appropriations before adding them to the budget.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

 

Friday, July 29, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1729)/Comments (0)/
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TaxWatch Statement: Investing in Tourism Results in Florida Job Growth

Florida TaxWatch commends Governor Scott for his committment to investing in Florida tourism.

Florida's thriving tourism industry provides extraordinary opportunities for economic growth. Increasing investment in the Sunshine State's tourism industry has a direct impact on job creation in the state, and the economic impact can be felt throughout many of Florida's other industries.
Thursday, July 23, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2467)/Comments (0)/
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TaxWatch Statement: Governor Bush Pushes Responsible Budgeting and Veto Power, Touts Florida Experience

Florida TaxWatch commends Governor Bush for affirming his committment to responsible budgeting

Former Governor Bush announced his vision for America today, explaining how he plans to take on Washington. The cornerstone of his plan to curb excessive and irresponsible government spending is to implement Presidential veto power, a responsibility the Governor is familiar with thanks his bulldog approach to the Florida budget. 
Monday, July 20, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2227)/Comments (0)/
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TaxWatch Statement: TaxWatch Calls for Sentencing Review Following Obama's Commutation

Florida TaxWatch calls on lawmakers to review sentencing reform

This week, President Obama announced the commutation of 46 nonviolent federal offenders, offering them a second chance. Eleven of these offenders who will be released early from their prison sentences are Floridians who have a unique opportunity to re-assimilate into their communities and become productive taxpaying citizens in the Sunshine State.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2480)/Comments (0)/
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Budget Turkeys highlight need for transparency in Florida budget process

2015 Report finds $167 million in Budget Turkeys

Despite lawmakers' efforts to increase transparency while crafting the 2015-16 Florida state budget, 189 projects worth $167 million were inserted into the budget without sufficient public scrutiny, or circumventing established budget processes, according to the Florida TaxWatch 2015 Budget Turkey Watch Report: An analysis of the accountability and transparency of the budget process.
Thursday, July 02, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2518)/Comments (0)/
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TaxWatch Statement: Lawmakers Had Funds For A Bigger Tax Cut

Final tax cut package leaves dollars on the table

While Florida TaxWatch appreciates the Legislature's $400 million tax cut package that included a much needed reduction in the prohibitively high Communications Services Tax, it is disappointing that lawmakers did not provide more relief to the state's hardworking taxpayers...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2650)/Comments (0)/
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Governor Scott Declares June Prudential Productivity Awards Month

Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet honored the Florida TaxWatch Prudential Productivity Awards program and state employees by designating June as Prudential Productivity Awards Month. The awards program honors hundreds of state employees each year for their innovative cost-saving ideas that have reduced costs and improved services for Florida taxpayers...

Tuesday, May 05, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3763)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Senate Recognizes Florida as a Taxpayer-Friendly State

Taxpayer Independence Day - April 20, 2015

Florida TaxWatch celebrated Taxpayer Independence Day on Monday, April 20, 2015. Taxpayer Independence Day is the first day in the calendar year that Florida taxpayers, on average, begin earning income that does not go toward federal, state and local taxes. Yesterday, the Florida Senate, led by Senator Jeff Brandes, recognized that Florida remains a low-tax state by adopting Senate Resolution 1668.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2562)/Comments (0)/
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Taxpayers Deserve More Than Checking The Box

A Statement from President & CEO Dominic M. Calabro

"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...

Friday, April 24, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3181)/Comments (0)/
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