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Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill Addressing Telehealth Expansion That Will Provide Greater Health Care Access While Saving Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars

The bill would create the framework for telehealth expansion in Florida.

Telehealth – the use of technology to expand health care access to all Floridians – is finally receiving legislative support as lawmakers consider efforts to cut red tape and allow more healthcare providers to offer routine visits and check-ups via computers, telephones, and smartphone apps.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2056)/Comments (0)/
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New Taxwatch Report Analyzes Lower General Revenue Estimates For State Budget

New General Revenue estimates find that Florida will have $395.6 million less than expected for FY16-17.

Amidst international market uncertainty, the state General Revenue Estimating Conference decreased its original estimate of General Revenue collections that would be available for the state budget. The Legislature will have $395.6 million less than previously estimated in October, with $31.257 billion available for the fiscal year 2016-17 state budget.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2429)/Comments (0)/
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After Strong 2015, A Sunny Economic Outlook For The Sunshine State In 2016

Improved job growth contributing significantly to the economy.

Coming off a strong 2015, Florida’s economy will continue to grow in 2016. According to the latest edition of Florida TaxWatch’s Economic Commentary, Florida’s Real Gross State Product is expected to grow 3.1 percent in 2016, higher than the national rate. Additionally, job growth is expected to continue to improve, with most experts predicting between 2.2 – 2.9 percent job growth in 2016.
Friday, January 15, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2110)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Taxwatch’s “State Of The Taxpayer Dinner” Shines A Spotlight On Taxpayers In The 2016 Legislative Session

The sold-out event featured various legislative leaders discussing their goals for this year's session.

On January 13, Florida TaxWatch, an independent nonpartisan research institute, held its State of the Taxpayer Dinner highlighting the issues affecting Florida taxpayers during the 2016 Legislative Session. The sold-out event attracted more than 140 taxpayers, business and community leaders, and lawmakers.
Thursday, January 14, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3303)/Comments (0)/
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Government Efficiency Task Force Recommends Changes To Save Taxpayers Money As 2016 Legislative Session Begins

The task force approved its interim recommendations earlier this month.

At its January 8th meeting, the Government Efficiency Task Force (GETF) approved its interim recommendation report in advance of the 2016 Legislative Session. The interim report includes recommendations that would generate substantial taxpayer savings and improve government efficiency.
Thursday, January 14, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2164)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Taxwatch Calls On The Legislature To Extend The Manufacturing Sales Tax Exemption During The 2016 Legislative Session

Failing to do so could cost the state significantly.

With the looming sunset of the sales tax exemption on manufacturing equipment threatening to harm Florida’s economy, Florida TaxWatch testified before the Legislature to extend the tax exemption. The exemption on manufacturing equipment allows manufacturers to reinvest the money they would have given to the state back into their business. This promotes growth in the manufacturing industry and creates high salary jobs.
Monday, January 11, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2043)/Comments (0)/
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Floridians Get Back To Work As 2015 Job Growth Boosts Record Employment

Improving job numbers signal a growing economy.

With an addition of 240,000 jobs in 2015, Florida continues to rise from the Great Recession, according to the December edition of Economic Commentary by Florida TaxWatch. Over the past year, all of Florida’s major industries have seen strong employment gains, with government being the only industry with a reduction in jobs. The unemployment rate has fallen to five percent, matching the national rate and reaching its lowest point since January 2008.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2163)/Comments (0)/
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Thirteen Percent Of Floridian’s Personal Income Goes To Support State And Local Government

The latest Budget Watch Report by Florida TaxWatch analyzes the overall cost of state and local government on Florida taxpayers.

While Florida is known as a tax-friendly state, taxes don’t tell the whole story about how much the government costs its citizens. A better measure to calculate the overall cost of government is to use “own source revenue,” which includes not just taxes, but all other sources of revenue like fees, charges for services, special assessments, impact fees and net lottery revenue.
Friday, December 18, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3239)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Collaborates With AT&T To Create Internships For Local College Students

Program honors memory of Senator Ken Plante, co-founder and first president of Florida TaxWatch and longtime advocate for education and civic engagement.

College students will have the opportunity to learn with the state’s premier non-profit government watchdog under a new program that honors Senator Ken Plante, a longtime advocate for education and a co-founder of Florida TaxWatch. The program will be named “The Senator Ken Plante Memorial Internship.”
Wednesday, December 16, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (11598)/Comments (0)/
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Gobbling Up Sales: The Economic Impact Of Thanksgiving And The Start Of Holiday Shopping

This time of year is a big boost to business revenues and state coffers.

Thanksgiving for most people often invokes images of family gatherings, turkey, and football. But for retailers, it invokes images of large crowds of shoppers and dollar signs. Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are cash cows for businesses, particularly the retail and food industries. Those days are also important for Florida, as the state will collect a six percent sales and use tax on most of the goods purchased by shoppers, except for most grocery items.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2138)/Comments (0)/
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