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Latest Florida TaxWatch Economic Commentary Examines Ailments in Nursing Education

Legislation passed in 2009 made the problem worse.

Previous legislation to expand nursing programs and alleviate Florida's nursing shortage has had unintended consequences, finds the latest Economic Commentary from Florida TaxWatch, the state's premier non-partisan government watchdog.
Thursday, June 29, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (609)/Comments (0)/
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Chris Hart IV Named Executive Vice President of Florida TaxWatch

He will be a key cog in the TaxWatch leadership team.

Florida TaxWatch is pleased to announce its newest staff member. Chris Hart IV is the latest addition to Florida TaxWatch’s executive leadership team and will be serving as an Executive Vice President.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (738)/Comments (0)/
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New Rules Increased Transparency and Accountability for Member Projects, Resulting in Fewer Turkeys

Florida TaxWatch identified 111 appropriation items worth $177.8 million in the 2017-18 Fiscal Year Budget that qualify as “Budget Turkeys.”

Budget Turkeys are items, usually local member projects, that are added to the appropriations bill in during the budget conference that circumvent established competitive review processes. The Budget Turkey label does not signify judgment of a project’s worthiness.
Friday, May 26, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (788)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Reveals Innovative Winners of the 2017 Prudential Productivity Awards Program

203 awards will be conferred upon teams and individuals from across every state agency.

Today, Florida TaxWatch announced the winners of the 2017 Prudential Productivity Awards at a press conference in its offices in Tallahassee. In its 29th rendition, the Prudential Productivity Awards program is designed to highlight and reward state employees who innovatively reduce costs and improve services for Florida taxpayers.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1004)/Comments (0)/
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Time to Take Immediate Action on Everglades Says Florida TaxWatch

Failure to address problem will hurt Florida's economy and environment.

Continued inaction on the Everglades problem will be a detriment to taxpayers and the future of the state, says the latest report from Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier government watchdog group. The organization finds that if the state does not find a solution to the algae blooms and other problems from diversion of water from Lake Okeechobee, the state, tourism industry, and the overall economy would lose millions in revenues, not to mention the negative health and environmental impacts.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2872)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Calls for Cut to the Burdensome Business Rent Tax

The organization calls for a one percent reduction to the tax rate.

Florida TaxWatch's continued call for a cut to the business rent tax (BRT) is echoed again in its latest report. The BRT, the only statewide tax of its kind in the country, requires all Florida businesses to pay the state a six percent tax on commercial leases, with a local option up to an additional two percent. This places a significant and costly burden upon Florida businesses, especially start-ups and smaller companies.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (945)/Comments (0)/
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Scrapping the Insurance Premium Tax Credit Would Eliminate Jobs for Hard-Working Floridians

Florida’s insurance premium tax code has always provided a preference to in-state insurers in order to promote the development of this sought-after industry.

Legislation filed in the Senate could have a detrimental effect on the insurance industry, which employs more than 200,000 people in Florida. Senate Bill 378 would eliminate the insurance premium tax credit for insurers, the impact of which is highlighted in the latest report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier non-partisan government watchdog.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (743)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Finds That Food Deserts Threaten Florida’s Public Health, Economy

Florida ranks 33rd in the nation for overall health of its residents.

The latest report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog, finds that food deserts are taking a serious toll on our residents. The report finds that more than 23.5 million people throughout the United States are in areas deemed food deserts—places that lack access to healthy food options—and that people living in these areas are more likely to be obese and have health complications.
Monday, March 27, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1184)/Comments (0)/
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Failure to Fund Tourism Would Devastate the Sunshine State

Proposals in the Florida House Would Slash Tourism Marketing Programs

Florida tourism is an absolutely critical industry to the state, employing millions of people and contributing millions of dollars to state coffers. Despite its importance to the Sunshine State, tourism is in the crosshairs of the Florida House, a costly decision according to the latest report by the state’s premier non-partisan government watchdog, Florida TaxWatch.
Thursday, March 23, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1499)/Comments (0)/
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Proposed National Border-Adjustment Tax on Reinsurance Would Be a Significant Blow to Florida’s Economy and Taxpayers

It would disproportionately affect the Sunshine State.

The latest report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog, finds that applying a national border-adjusted tax to reinsurance transactions would result in significantly increased property and casualty insurance premiums for Floridians and negatively impact the state economy and job market.
Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2180)/Comments (0)/
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