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Manufacturing Tax Exemption Critical for Economic Growth and Diversification Efforts

Allowing the manufacturing tax exemption to sunset could have negative repercussions on Florida's economy

An expiring sales tax exemption could have a devastating impact on the state economy, according to a new analysis by Florida TaxWatch. Florida manufacturers are exempt from paying taxes on machinery and equipment purchases, but unless lawmakers take action this spring that exemption will disappear, threatening the state’s manufacturing sector.
Wednesday, November 04, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1689)/Comments (0)/
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Medical Residencies Key to Addressing Florida’s Physician Shortage

In order to improve health care, Florida must attract younger physicians.

Attracting younger physicians to Florida could help close health care access gaps and improve the state economy, according to a report from taxpayer watchdog Florida TaxWatch. The report calls for increasing the number of Graduate Medical Education programs, more commonly known as medical residencies, to attract additional doctors.
Thursday, October 29, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2968)/Comments (0)/
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Despite Surplus, Florida Faces Budget Challenges

$635 million surplus could quickly turn into a deficit

Florida lawmakers will have a $635 million surplus when they craft the 2016-17 state budget, but in a new research report, Florida TaxWatch warns that spending the entire surplus will create a deficit in the near future.
Thursday, October 01, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2002)/Comments (0)/
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Diverse investment options allow for sustainable South Florida growth

Foreign investment and a growing financial services market have bolstered the region's growing economy

South Florida’s economy has seen considerable growth in recent years, thanks to a wide variety of investment options for foreign and domestic investors, according to a commentary from Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan research group. A burgeoning innovation sector, increased foreign investment and a bolstered financial services market have augmented the region’s rapid growth.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1872)/Comments (0)/
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College Football Success Could Yield More Academically Competitive Universities

Success on the field can boost academic standing off the field

College football victories are associated with better student recruitment, according to a recent report from Florida TaxWatch. The Economic Commentary highlights the residual academic benefits experienced by universities with winning sports teams.
Monday, August 31, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1981)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch’s New Staff Will Bolster Efforts to Inform Policymakers and Taxpayers

New staff members seek to support the mission of Florida TaxWatch

To better educate Florida’s taxpayers and public officials using high quality, independent research and analysis, Florida TaxWatch has added several new members to its respected team.
Thursday, August 27, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3722)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Provides Assistance to Broward Schools’ Bond Oversight Committee

Florida TaxWatch to provide governance recommendations

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro about Florida TaxWatch’s independent watchdog role with the Broward County Schools’ Bond Oversight Committee.

Thursday, August 27, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2988)/Comments (0)/
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Growing Economy Means More Money for 2016-17 State Budget

Increased tax collections playing a large role

State economists predict lawmakers will have $657.5 million more than previously anticipated for the next state budget. The latest General Revenue (GR) forecast shows the state's GR fund is expected to reach $31.6 billion for the 2016-17 budget year. The growing available funds mean recurring revenues exceed current recurring expenses by $1.6 billion.
Thursday, August 20, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2084)/Comments (0)/
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TaxWatch Statement: Investing in Tourism Results in Florida Job Growth

Florida TaxWatch commends Governor Scott for his committment to investing in Florida tourism.

Florida's thriving tourism industry provides extraordinary opportunities for economic growth. Increasing investment in the Sunshine State's tourism industry has a direct impact on job creation in the state, and the economic impact can be felt throughout many of Florida's other industries.
Thursday, July 23, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2382)/Comments (0)/
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TaxWatch Statement: Governor Bush Pushes Responsible Budgeting and Veto Power, Touts Florida Experience

Florida TaxWatch commends Governor Bush for affirming his committment to responsible budgeting

Former Governor Bush announced his vision for America today, explaining how he plans to take on Washington. The cornerstone of his plan to curb excessive and irresponsible government spending is to implement Presidential veto power, a responsibility the Governor is familiar with thanks his bulldog approach to the Florida budget. 
Monday, July 20, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2156)/Comments (0)/
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