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Florida TaxWatch Applauds Governor Scott for Veto of AST Shake-Up Bill

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

The Agency for State Technology is a critical piece to ensuring that Florida’s government engine is well-oiled and moves along smoothly. Florida TaxWatch applauds Governor Scott for vetoing HB 5301 that would have reversed the progress Florida has made in improving its state technology services.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (535)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Statement on Funding for VISIT FLORIDA and Enterprise Florida

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro released the following statement following the passage of House Bill 1A during Special Session A.
Friday, June 09, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (657)/Comments (0)/
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Statement on the Release of Florida's Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget

The budget comes in at $82.418 billion.

With the release of the fiscal year 2017-18 budget, lawmakers now have 72 hours to read the final proposed budget prior to voting. Florida TaxWatch played an instrumental role in the enactment of the constitutionally required 72 hour "cooling off" period. This allows the public, press and legislators ample time to examine the budget before a vote is cast. The $82.418 billion state budget will fund various state agencies and critical services for all Floridians.
Friday, May 05, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (998)/Comments (0)/
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Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 10

The bill seeks to address the Everglades crisis.

With the passage of Senate Bill 10 yesterday, the state can now begin to address the Everglades problem. This is a huge win for taxpayers, the environment and the state as a whole as the long-term damage of ignoring this would have exponentially ballooned the costs of the crisis.
Wednesday, May 03, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (846)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Statement on Passage of HB 7109

The package includes a cut to the business rent tax.

Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro released the following statement on the HB 7109, which passed the House earlier today.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (953)/Comments (0)/
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Statement by Florida TaxWatch President and CEO on House Tax Package

The package includes a cut to the business rent tax.

Ensuring that Florida has a welcoming tax climate for business and residents is crucial in improving the state economy, creating jobs and keeping money in the pockets of hard-working taxpayers. Florida TaxWatch applauds the Florida House for their commitment to this goal through their proposed tax package.
Thursday, March 30, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (781)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Revenue Estimating Conference Makes Small Boost to Available Funds for Budget

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Today’s Revenue Estimating Conference estimates that an additional $77.8 million in general revenue for the Legislature available to craft the new budget. Despite this boost, the new additions do not materially change the future outlook of the budget process. The Legislature will have to practice fiscal responsibility when crafting the state budget, ensuring that it is balanced and that it funds critical services for taxpayers.
Friday, March 17, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (693)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Applauds Governor Scott’s Call to Cut Business Rent Tax, Fund Incentive and Tourism Programs

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Governor Scott's address today stressed what he, Florida TaxWatch and others have been saying for years - we need great jobs and a strong economy in order to make Florida the top state in the country to do business, grow a family and vacation. To do this, he said, we must cut the Business Rent Tax (BRT), fund targeted economic incentive programs and continue to market Florida as the nation's premier tourist destination.
Tuesday, March 07, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1097)/Comments (0)/
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Statement on Today’s Vote on House Bill 7005 Concerning the Future of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida

The bill passed the House Appropriations Committee on an 18-12 vote.

Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida are critical functions of our state, boosting our economy and creating thousands of jobs for hard-working Floridians. While we hold much respect for the members on the House Appropriations Committee, we are disappointed in their votes to move forward on House Bill 7005. The bill will now be heard in front of the full House Chamber.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1274)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Statement on Record-Breaking Tourism Numbers

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Today’s record-breaking tourism numbers are proof that Florida’s funding of marketing programs is working for the state. Nearly 113 million visitors came to the Sunshine State to attend our theme parks, spend time on the beach and enjoy numerous other attractions.
Thursday, February 16, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (978)/Comments (0)/
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