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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Looks at True Cost of Education for Hard-Working Taxpayers

The true cost of education is often much greater than the totals reported from the FEFP as capital outlay, debt service, and other K-12 services are reported separately.

The latest finding by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier non-partisan government watchdog, explores the true cost of education beyond the “per student” number often cited by the Legislature and media. This report gives Florida taxpayers a more comprehensive and insightful view of the ways that education dollars are spent and allows them to make informed decisions as to whether their tax dollars are being spent in a fiduciary manner.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2396)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Keeps the Focus on Hard-Working Taxpayers During The State of the Taxpayer Dinner

The event is in its second year.

On March 8, Florida TaxWatch, an independent nonpartisan research institute, held its State of the Taxpayer Dinner highlighting the issues affecting Florida taxpayers during the 2017 Legislative Session. In its second year, the sold-out, standing room only State of the Taxpayer Dinner attracted more than 150 taxpayers, business and community leaders and lawmakers.
Thursday, March 09, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (717)/Comments (0)/
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Increasing Florida’s High-Tech Footprint Beneficial to State Economy, Job Market Says Latest Taxwatch Report

The Bluffs development will provide thousands of high-wage jobs in the Pensacola area.

A new report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog, finds that the growth of high-tech manufacturing is beneficial to Florida and that investing in the industry now can put us ahead of competitor states in enticing companies to the state.
Thursday, March 09, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1193)/Comments (0)/
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Teen Trendsetters Program Prepares Students for Academic and Lifetime Success

Latest TaxWatch report analyzes the impact of the program.

According to Florida TaxWatch, the state’s independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog, the Barbara Bush Foundation’s Teen Trendsetters™ mentor program is helping Florida’s children succeed inside and outside of the classroom.  Not only is the program valuable to participants but taxpayers benefit via avoidance of social program costs and additional earnings generated from the potential increase in graduation rates.
Monday, March 06, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (642)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Highlights Economic Impact of Antibiotic Resistance

More than 2 million U.S. residents are affected by antibiotic resistant bacteria per year.

The latest edition of Florida TaxWatch’s Economic Commentary looks at the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) and the economic impact of ARB infections. The report finds that the increased use of antibiotics has allowed bacteria to develop resistance to many commonly used antibiotics, rendering antibiotic therapy ineffective in the treatment of ARB infections.
Thursday, March 02, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (632)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Raises Concerns About Broward County School District Overruns and Delays

The report features 28 findings and 16 recomendations.

Last night, Florida TaxWatch, the state’s independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog, presented its review of the Broward County School District’s SMART Program report for the quarter ending on December 31, 2016. The report includes 28 findings and 16 recommendations, which were elaborated on by Florida TaxWatch’s Vice President of Research, Bob Nave.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (806)/Comments (0)/
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Sales Tax Holidays Beneficial for Florida Taxpayers, Businesses Says Latest Florida Taxwatch Report

The holidays increase consumer spending.

The latest report by the non-profit, non-partisan government watchdog Florida TaxWatch finds that Florida’s sales tax holidays are beneficial to Florida taxpayers and businesses, while any decrease in sales tax revenue for the state is offset by growth revenue. The report notes that sales tax holidays are successful in increasing consumer spending, and that the Back To School Sales Tax Holiday is the second biggest shopping weekend in Florida, trailing only Black Friday.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (796)/Comments (0)/
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Florida's 2016 Job Growth Shows Continued Success

The state continues to rise from the depths of the Great Recession

Florida’s job growth in 2016 has brought the state’s employment numbers to an all-time high, according to a new report released today by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier nonpartisan, nonprofit government watchdog.
Monday, February 06, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (970)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Offers Snapshot of State’s Correctional System

The report is a crucial piece to better understand where improvements can be made.

With Florida’s prison population one of the largest in the country, lawmakers have made a concentrated push to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the state correctional system. The latest report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier, non-partisan government watchdog, offers a detailed analysis of the state’s sentencing, incarceration, prisoner, and correctional budget histories, allowing policy makers and the public to identify areas in need of improvement regarding corrections.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1393)/Comments (0)/
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As HB 423 Provisions Go Into Effect, Florida TaxWatch Touts Victory for Nurse Practitioners

Florida becomes the final state to give ARNPs the power to prescribe controlled substances.

Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier, non-partisan government watchdog for almost 40 years, has led the charge for expanding scope of practice for advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) and physician assistants (PAs), which would significantly lower costs for patients while improving access across the state. On January 1, 2017, provisions within HB 423 became effective, making Florida the final state in the country to allow ARNPs to prescribe controlled drugs.
Thursday, January 05, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1167)/Comments (0)/
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