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Statement on the Release of the Governor’s Budget

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Earlier today, Governor Scott revealed his proposed budget for consideration by the 2017 Legislature. His ‘Fighting for Florida’s Future’ budget aims to cut taxes for Floridians by $618 million (which includes a cut to the Business Rent Tax (BRT)), includes a $85 million investment in economic incentives and calls for $21 billion in state and local funding to improve Florida’s K-12 education system.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1541)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Applauds Reduction of Business Rent Tax in Governor's Proposed Tax Cuts

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Florida TaxWatch is pleased that the Governor Scott has heeded the recommendations of our research to include a 25 percent reduction (1.5 points) in the business rent tax (BRT), saving Florida businesses more than $454 million a year. As the only state in the union with a tax on commercial leases, Florida is at a clear competitive disadvantage with other states.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1065)/Comments (0)/
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Statement on Major Victory for Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program and our Students

The battle at the Supreme Court would have been costly to Florida taxpayers.

This morning, the Florida Supreme Court declined to hear the teacher’s union lawsuit attacking Florida’s tax credit scholarship program. This is a huge victory for Florida families. These scholarships provide lower income families, most of whom are minorities, the opportunities to receive a high quality education and are funded through donations from businesses across the state.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1476)/Comments (0)/
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Statement From Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro on the Passing of Charlie Reed

Reed was 75.

Charlie was a highly effective Chancellor of Florida's universities and public leader for the taxpayers of the Sunshine State for many decades. Florida and its taxpayers are certainly much better off because of the leadership and effective management skills of Charlie Reed. It was my pleasure and honor to have been his friend for more than 30 years and his loss is a loss for me personally, all Floridians and everyone who cares about education and public service.
Friday, December 09, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1037)/Comments (0)/
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Statement on Appointment of Syd Kitson to the Board Of Governors of the State University System from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Syd Kitson is the immediate past Chairman of the Florida TaxWatch Center for Health and Aging

Governor Rick Scott could not have made a better choice than selecting my friend and Florida TaxWatch leader Syd Kitson to serve on the Board of Governors of the State University System. Syd was highly effective serving as the innovative Chairman of the TaxWatch Center for Health & Aging, helping TaxWatch be a leader in securing legislation on Telehealth and expanded scope of practice for nurse and allied health professionals in the 2016 Legislative Session.
Friday, December 09, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1167)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch: Florida PTA Dropping Out of Lawsuit is Good News for Florida Children

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

The Florida PTA is dropping out of the Florida Education Association’s lawsuit targeting a tax credit funded scholarship program and this is excellent news for Florida families. These scholarships provide lower income families, most of whom are minorities, the opportunities to receive a high quality education and are funded through donations from businesses across the state. The Florida PTA joins Florida School Boards Association and the Florida Association of School Administrators in dropping out of the lawsuit.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1355)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Applauds House Speaker-Designate Richard Corcoran for His Support of More Transparency in Budgeting Process

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

For nearly four decades, Florida TaxWatch has called for transparency in the budget process with our annual “turkey list” which highlights items that were inserted into the state budget with no opportunity for public review.
Thursday, November 10, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1310)/Comments (0)/
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Statement From Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro on House Speaker-Designate Corcoran’s Review of Sanford Burnham

Corcoran has called out Sanford Burnham for misusing taxpayer funds.

We appreciate and support House Speaker-Designate Richard Corcoran’s efforts to recover taxpayer money provided to Sanford Burnham. The California-based institute received $350 million in incentives from local and state taxpayers yet failed to create all the jobs it promised before announcing earlier this year that it was withdrawing from the state. This includes nearly $155 million in incentives funded by state taxpayers.
Friday, October 28, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1850)/Comments (0)/
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Statement From Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro on Latest Budget Forecast

Lawmakers will have less money to appropriate this upcoming session.

Lawmakers will have to be a bit more frugal with the money of the hard-working taxpayers of Florida during the upcoming Legislative Session. The latest budget forecast shows the state will have a surplus of only $7.5 million during the 2017-18 fiscal year. In order to craft a balanced budget while funding some of their priorities, lawmakers must consider changes that will save the state significant money.
Wednesday, September 07, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1369)/Comments (0)/
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Statement From Florida TaxWatch President And CEO Dominic M. Calabro On Latest Tourism Numbers

Florida welcomed 57.4 million visitors over the first six months of 2016.

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the latest tourism numbers and Florida continues to be a premier destination for visitors around the globe. The Sunshine State welcomed 27.3 million tourists to our great state in the second quarter of 2016 and 57.4 million over the first six months of 2016, which stands as the highest number of tourists in any six month time frame in Florida history.
Friday, August 12, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1501)/Comments (0)/
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