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College Football is a Touchdown for Florida’s Local and State Economies

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

It is Hurricane season in Florida. And Seminole season. And it’s also the season for the Gators and Rattlers and Bulls and many others. After a long hot summer, Floridians are eagerly awaiting the return of college football.

Not only is college football great for the fans, it is also a boon for communities and the state’s economy.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2562)/Comments (0)/
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Remember to Thank Principals Too During the First Week Back to School

Principals are an often overlooked group in the success of teachers and students.

For millions of parents and students this month around the Sunshine State, one of the most exciting parts of returning to school is meeting the teachers. And for good reason; teachers will spend 180 days helping students learn and grow as one of the primary influences, besides parents and family, in each child’s life.

But as you settle into the new school year routine, we hope you will take some time to share your appreciation and support for each school’s principal. More than you may realize, effective principals have a crucial role in each student’s progress and success.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (5905)/Comments (0)/
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“Tampon Tax” Highlights Need to Review All Tax Exemptions

By Robert Weissert, Esq., Florida TaxWatch Executive Vice President and Counsel to the President and CEO

The debate over the “tampon tax” has sparked a healthy discussion about our state’s tax system. We hope lawmakers take advantage of the public attention on this issue to review all of the quirks and loopholes in taxation.

Thursday, August 04, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2489)/Comments (0)/
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Sales Tax Holidays Have Become Florida Tradition and Boon To Taxpayers, Businesses

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Few legislative decisions have been as wildly popular as Florida’s “sales tax holidays.” They have become more than just a tax break. They are a traditional back-to-school event that families plan for, neighbors talk about and businesses promote.

This year’s back-to-school sales tax holiday – from August 5 through 7 – is shorter than last year and does not exempt from taxes some items previously included such as computers.

But there are few tax breaks that generate such excitement among taxpayers while stimulating business activity with increased advertising and competition.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1852)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Legislators Must Commit to Transparency and Accountability in the Budgeting Process

by Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch

July 1 marked the first day of Florida’s 2016-17 fiscal year with the new $82.3 billion budget and 159 laws going into effect. The budget, the largest in Florida history, funds all types of services for Floridians, ranging from education and health care to state parks and court renovations.

Passing a state budget is required by the Florida Constitution and involves extremely difficult decisions. Still, it is imperative that our elected officials exercise accountability and transparency in the budgeting process. The hardworking taxpayers of Florida rightfully expect that lawmakers will thoroughly vet all appropriations before adding them to the budget.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

 

Friday, July 29, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1729)/Comments (0)/
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The $15 an Hour Debate Should Be About a $15 an Hour Workforce, Not Wage

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

As the most recent Florida TaxWatch research shows, a drastic increase to a $15 an hour minimum wage could produce unfortunate results. It is far more important for Florida's policymakers to make targeted investments in education and workforce development to build a $15 an hour workforce, rather than through burdensome government mandates.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1613)/Comments (0)/
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Invest in Students and Teachers, Not Lawsuits and Lawyers

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Florida’s push for education gains should be conducted in the classroom, not the courtroom. A Leon County judge’s sweeping decision this week to protect education options for more than 70,000 students is an historic moment. It is critical that we work together and focus on helping students and teachers by strengthening scholarship and school options for students in need.

Thursday, May 26, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1633)/Comments (0)/
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Florida’s State Workers are a Valuable Part of the State’s Daily Life

It is time to recognize them for their hard work and dedication.

From matters of life and death to the future of our economy, state workers play critical roles in making our state the best in the nation to learn, to work and to live. Whether it’s protecting the state’s most vulnerable children from abuse, making sure our colleges and universities are preparing Florida for the future, or planning for smart and efficient use of our taxpayers’ money, state workers are silent heroes in helping our state move forward.

Thursday, April 21, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2581)/Comments (0)/
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Floridians with Disabilities Face Hurdles In Employment

But the Florida Legislature made a concentrated effort to improve job opportunities for Floridians with disabilities.

Florida’s economy has rarely been stronger than it is now with our state’s unemployment at 5 percent and strong growth predicted for the state’s future. However, there is a critical segment being left behind in this economic expansion. Floridians with disabilities account for more than 20 percent of the population, yet only 30 percent of those are employed.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2630)/Comments (0)/
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Floridians Deserve an Accountable And Transparent Budgeting Process

Floridians deserve to know how their money is being appropriated.

Too few Floridians have the time to keep an eye on Tallahassee to make sure lawmakers are making prudent decisions with your money. That’s why Florida TaxWatch – the state’s premier independent government watchdog group – is on the job. It is part of our mission is to ensure that your money is invested wisely in schools, transportation and many other areas while protecting the public’s right to know.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1915)/Comments (0)/
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