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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 (4915)/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 (4216)/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 (2938)/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 (3284)/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 (3009)/Comments (0)/
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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 (3173)/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 2, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3262)/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 (3434)/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 5, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (4866)/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 (3263)/Comments (0)/
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