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TaxWatch Statement: TaxWatch Calls for Sentencing Review Following Obama's Commutation

Florida TaxWatch calls on lawmakers to review sentencing reform

This week, President Obama announced the commutation of 46 nonviolent federal offenders, offering them a second chance. Eleven of these offenders who will be released early from their prison sentences are Floridians who have a unique opportunity to re-assimilate into their communities and become productive taxpaying citizens in the Sunshine State.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2419)/Comments (0)/
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Budget Turkeys highlight need for transparency in Florida budget process

2015 Report finds $167 million in Budget Turkeys

Despite lawmakers' efforts to increase transparency while crafting the 2015-16 Florida state budget, 189 projects worth $167 million were inserted into the budget without sufficient public scrutiny, or circumventing established budget processes, according to the Florida TaxWatch 2015 Budget Turkey Watch Report: An analysis of the accountability and transparency of the budget process.
Thursday, July 02, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2435)/Comments (0)/
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TaxWatch Statement: Lawmakers Had Funds For A Bigger Tax Cut

Final tax cut package leaves dollars on the table

While Florida TaxWatch appreciates the Legislature's $400 million tax cut package that included a much needed reduction in the prohibitively high Communications Services Tax, it is disappointing that lawmakers did not provide more relief to the state's hardworking taxpayers...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2567)/Comments (0)/
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Governor Scott Declares June Prudential Productivity Awards Month

Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet honored the Florida TaxWatch Prudential Productivity Awards program and state employees by designating June as Prudential Productivity Awards Month. The awards program honors hundreds of state employees each year for their innovative cost-saving ideas that have reduced costs and improved services for Florida taxpayers...

Tuesday, May 05, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3671)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Senate Recognizes Florida as a Taxpayer-Friendly State

Taxpayer Independence Day - April 20, 2015

Florida TaxWatch celebrated Taxpayer Independence Day on Monday, April 20, 2015. Taxpayer Independence Day is the first day in the calendar year that Florida taxpayers, on average, begin earning income that does not go toward federal, state and local taxes. Yesterday, the Florida Senate, led by Senator Jeff Brandes, recognized that Florida remains a low-tax state by adopting Senate Resolution 1668.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2473)/Comments (0)/
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Taxpayers Deserve More Than Checking The Box

A Statement from President & CEO Dominic M. Calabro

"Florida taxpayers and their children are facing more than $10.5 billion in debt due to increasingly rich and consistently over-promised government pensions. These obligations will be paid by taxpayers who don't have access to similar benefits in the private sector, because pension plan beneficiaries take on no risk, yet the taxpayers indemnify losses...

Friday, April 24, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3116)/Comments (0)/
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Bill Strengthens Florida's Inspectors General

A Statement from Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

The Florida Legislature has once again proven its commitment to increasing accountability in state government by ensuring the state's inspectors general are best equipped to serve the state's taxpayers as trusted, independent investigators...

Friday, April 17, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2859)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Municipal Power Agency Lacks Accountability and Oversight

Additional measures needed to protect more than 2 million Floridians

Greater oversight and additional measures to improve the accountability of the government agency responsible for providing cost-effective electricity to more than two million Floridians are needed, according to a new report from the independent watchdog institute, Florida TaxWatch.

Monday, March 30, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2739)/Comments (0)/
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$4 Billion Dollars Separate House and Senate Budget Proposals

A more than $4 billion dollar difference between the House and Senate budget proposals is detailed in the latest Budget Watch from Florida TaxWatch. The nonpartisan taxpayer watchdog group's annual analysis of the initial budgets shows that the largest point of contention between the chambers is in funding the health and human services portion of the budget.

Friday, March 27, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2585)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Applauds House Tax Cuts Proposal

House plan would cut taxes by $690 million

Statement from Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute and government watchdog:

"Today, the Florida House Finance and Tax Committee unveiled their plans to cut Floridians' taxes by $690 million this year. I commend the House leaders for their efforts to produce a broad-based tax cut package that will help save money for hardworking Florida families and the businesses that invest in our communities and provide jobs to our residents.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2578)/Comments (0)/
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