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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 (1898)/Comments (0)/

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 (1772)/Comments (0)/

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 (1873)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Release

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 (2828)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Release

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 (10133)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Release

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 (1811)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Release

Florida’s Fiscal Strength Ranked 5th Best In Nation

The state's fiscal health grants it financial freedom moving forward.

A recent study by George Mason University’s Mercatus Center reviewed the fiscal health of the United States, breaking down each state individually for comparison across several standardized metrics. In this month’s Economic Commentary, Florida TaxWatch analyzed the study and provided analysis focused on our state.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3275)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Release

Statement From Dominic M. Calabro, President And CEO Of Florida Taxwatch On Governor Rick Scott’s Budget Plan For Fiscal Year 2016-17

The Governor announced his proposed budget for fiscal year 2016-17 this morning in Jacksonville.

“The Governor’s budget includes smart, targeted tax cuts to stimulate business growth while investing in critical areas like child protection and education to ensure all Floridians have the opportunity to pursue success in school and in life," said Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch.
Monday, November 23, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3279)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Statement

Florida Taxwatch Welcomes Joe Follick As Director Of Communications and External Relations

Follick brings two decades of communications and media experience to Florida TaxWatch

To continue our mission of sharing high quality, independent research and analysis with Florida’s taxpayers and public officials, Florida TaxWatch is proud to announce Joe Follick has joined our team as Director of Communications and External Relations
Wednesday, November 18, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2165)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Statement

Florida's Most Vulnerable Children Deserve More Focused Help

New Florida TaxWatch report calls for more resources to protect vulnerable children

With changes being made to help ensure the safety of the state's most vulnerable children and families, supporting those critical workers that we trust to protect our future is more important than ever, according to a new report from the independent watchdog institute, Florida TaxWatch.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2106)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Release
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