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Florida Students Deserve Higher Bar for Accountability

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Florida students deserve the chance to succeed in their education, their careers and their lives.

Measuring how well our schools are doing is critical to their success. For years, Florida has had clear and transparent school grades. These grades have been used not only to grade our schools, but to provide support for how to improve them.

Saturday, November 28, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1558)/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 (1736)/Comments (0)/
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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 (3107)/Comments (0)/
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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 (3120)/Comments (0)/
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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 (2086)/Comments (0)/
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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 (2018)/Comments (0)/
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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 (1753)/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 (3066)/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 (2070)/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 (1940)/Comments (0)/
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