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FLORIDA TAXWATCH JOINS TAXPAYERS IN CELEBRATING TAXPAYER INDEPENDENCE DAY - APRIL 14TH, 2018

On Saturday, Floridians will celebrate the first day of the year where taxpayers are finally earning money for themselves and not for the tax collector. Taxpayer Independence Day, calculated by Florida TaxWatch, assumes that every dollar earned since January 1 goes to pay federal, state, and local obligations. 
Thursday, April 12, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (257)/Comments (0)/
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CERTIFICATE OF NEED OVERSIGHT RESULTS IN HEALTHY GROWTH IN NUMBER OF HOSPICE PROVIDERS

Florida's elderly population continues to grow at a rapid rate, and so does the number of Hospice enrollees. Hospice is the primary model for end of life care in the United States, and is currently regulated in Florida by a process known as "Certificate of Need." 
Wednesday, April 11, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (293)/Comments (0)/
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FLORIDA TAXWATCH RELEASES 2018 BUDGET TURKEY WATCH REPORT

House and Senate Rules Limit Turkeys but Not Member Projects

Florida TaxWatch's annual independent review of Florida’s FY2018-19 budget, the Budget Turkey Watch Report, was released today. The report promotes additional oversight and integrity in the state’s budgeting process based on the principle that: because money appropriated by the Legislature belongs to the taxpayers of Florida, the process must be transparent and accountable, and every appropriation should receive deliberation and public debate.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (300)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Economic Commentary Examines Ailments in Nursing Education

Legislation passed in 2009 made the problem worse.

Previous legislation to expand nursing programs and alleviate Florida's nursing shortage has had unintended consequences, finds the latest Economic Commentary from Florida TaxWatch, the state's premier non-partisan government watchdog.
Thursday, June 29, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1526)/Comments (0)/
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Chris Hart IV Named Executive Vice President of Florida TaxWatch

He will be a key cog in the TaxWatch leadership team.

Florida TaxWatch is pleased to announce its newest staff member. Chris Hart IV is the latest addition to Florida TaxWatch’s executive leadership team and will be serving as an Executive Vice President.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1752)/Comments (0)/
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New Rules Increased Transparency and Accountability for Member Projects, Resulting in Fewer Turkeys

Florida TaxWatch identified 111 appropriation items worth $177.8 million in the 2017-18 Fiscal Year Budget that qualify as “Budget Turkeys.”

Budget Turkeys are items, usually local member projects, that are added to the appropriations bill in during the budget conference that circumvent established competitive review processes. The Budget Turkey label does not signify judgment of a project’s worthiness.
Friday, May 26, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1565)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Reveals Innovative Winners of the 2017 Prudential Productivity Awards Program

203 awards will be conferred upon teams and individuals from across every state agency.

Today, Florida TaxWatch announced the winners of the 2017 Prudential Productivity Awards at a press conference in its offices in Tallahassee. In its 29th rendition, the Prudential Productivity Awards program is designed to highlight and reward state employees who innovatively reduce costs and improve services for Florida taxpayers.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1941)/Comments (0)/
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Time to Take Immediate Action on Everglades Says Florida TaxWatch

Failure to address problem will hurt Florida's economy and environment.

Continued inaction on the Everglades problem will be a detriment to taxpayers and the future of the state, says the latest report from Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier government watchdog group. The organization finds that if the state does not find a solution to the algae blooms and other problems from diversion of water from Lake Okeechobee, the state, tourism industry, and the overall economy would lose millions in revenues, not to mention the negative health and environmental impacts.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3802)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Calls for Cut to the Burdensome Business Rent Tax

The organization calls for a one percent reduction to the tax rate.

Florida TaxWatch's continued call for a cut to the business rent tax (BRT) is echoed again in its latest report. The BRT, the only statewide tax of its kind in the country, requires all Florida businesses to pay the state a six percent tax on commercial leases, with a local option up to an additional two percent. This places a significant and costly burden upon Florida businesses, especially start-ups and smaller companies.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1771)/Comments (0)/
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Scrapping the Insurance Premium Tax Credit Would Eliminate Jobs for Hard-Working Floridians

Florida’s insurance premium tax code has always provided a preference to in-state insurers in order to promote the development of this sought-after industry.

Legislation filed in the Senate could have a detrimental effect on the insurance industry, which employs more than 200,000 people in Florida. Senate Bill 378 would eliminate the insurance premium tax credit for insurers, the impact of which is highlighted in the latest report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier non-partisan government watchdog.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1352)/Comments (0)/
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