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The Time is Now to Address the Everglades Crisis

By Governor Bob Martinez and President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Florida’s Everglades is an American iconic national park known and revered throughout the world for its bio diversity. Floridians, regardless where they live, must join together to protect and restore this treasure before the Everglades reaches a point of no return. The Everglades is home to thousands of plant and animal species and draws millions of visitors to Florida. Unfortunately, decades of massive changes to the habitat’s water flow have resulted in unintended consequences that threaten Florida’s environment, residents, and economy. The situation requires immediate action.
Thursday, April 27, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (859)/Comments (0)/
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Strangling Enterprise Florida, VISIT FLORIDA Costly to Sunshine State's Future

By Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, and Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Channel

Right now, jobs and the future of Florida’s economy are in jeopardy. That’s because some politicians in Tallahassee want to eliminate Florida’s economic development programs and slash the state’s tourism marketing efforts.
Friday, March 31, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (969)/Comments (0)/
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We Must Continue Fight to Protect Public’s Right to Maintain a Vigilant Eye on their Elected Officials

By Florida TaxWatch Chairman-Elect Pat Neal and President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

As a nonpartisan government watchdog and taxpayer-research institute that focuses on promoting government accountability and transparency, Florida TaxWatch supports the use of public notices in local newspapers of record by government entities to notify all of their citizens of meetings and votes. Unfortunately, current proposed legislation would allow municipality websites to be the only required source for public notice posting.
Thursday, March 23, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1258)/Comments (0)/
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Teacher Shortages Harm the Future of Our State

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Florida’s education system is facing a crisis that will affect our children and our future. Teachers have been leaving schools at alarming rates with no one to replace them. Low pay and the stress associated with teaching have driven many college students away from the profession, leaving a shallow talent pool of highly qualified teachers. Additionally, Florida TaxWatch research has found that Constitutionally-mandated class size limits in Florida have led to higher demand for teachers, resulting in under-qualified individuals being hired or schools not being able to fill the position as the pool of teachers shrinks.
Friday, March 03, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (883)/Comments (0)/
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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 (1194)/Comments (0)/
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Keeping Cigars in the Cigar City

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Politicians talk repeatedly about doing things to help create jobs. But, sometimes, doing nothing is the best option. We hope that newly-elected lawmakers understand that less government intrusion is often the key to keeping the American Dream alive.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1148)/Comments (0)/
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In Tight Budget Year, Lawmakers Must Commit to Government Efficiency

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

As the next legislative session approaches, Florida lawmakers face an uphill battle in funding critical government services while trying to sustain the state’s economic success.

Thursday, January 05, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1133)/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 (1283)/Comments (0)/
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Time to Even the Playing Field for Small Businesses

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Small businesses truly are this nation’s backbone. They account for 94 percent of all the country’s businesses and are owned by a diverse array of Americans from all backgrounds. The ability to build a small business is the cornerstone of the American dream.

Friday, December 09, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1308)/Comments (0)/
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Protect Taxpayers When Governments Spend Their Money on Contractors

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

When taxpayers pay for a road or a school, the expectations are clear – a new street that helps traffic move or a new building that safely houses our students.

But so many services that taxpayers pay for are less tangible – helping children receive quality health care, giving prisoners the tools to stay away from crime upon release, protecting the state’s most  vulnerable children and adults with support and assistance.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1649)/Comments (0)/
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