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Taxpayers Deserve More Than Checking The Box

A Statement from President & CEO Dominic M. Calabro

"Florida taxpayers and their children are facing more than $10.5 billion in debt due to increasingly rich and consistently over-promised government pensions. These obligations will be paid by taxpayers who don't have access to similar benefits in the private sector, because pension plan beneficiaries take on no risk, yet the taxpayers indemnify losses...

Friday, April 24, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3366)/Comments (0)/
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Bill Strengthens Florida's Inspectors General

A Statement from Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

The Florida Legislature has once again proven its commitment to increasing accountability in state government by ensuring the state's inspectors general are best equipped to serve the state's taxpayers as trusted, independent investigators...

Friday, April 17, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3154)/Comments (0)/
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Recalculating Class Size Keeps Classrooms Small, Allows for Investment in Students and Teachers

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

A nonpartisan report from Florida TaxWatch analyzes the opportunities to reform the state’s class size restrictions to better educate Florida students.  The solution would reduce class size compliance costs and increase the investment in other, proven tools to increase student achievement. TaxWatch recommends that the state uniformly employ a class size calculation that is discriminately used for only some public schools, which would result in a multi-billion dollar savings for Florida taxpayers. By adjusting the calculation of class sizes to a school level average, schools would be able to keep classes small without handcuffing principals and administrators who are tasked with creating a positive learning environment for all students. 

 

Monday, March 30, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2666)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Municipal Power Agency Lacks Accountability and Oversight

Additional measures needed to protect more than 2 million Floridians

Greater oversight and additional measures to improve the accountability of the government agency responsible for providing cost-effective electricity to more than two million Floridians are needed, according to a new report from the independent watchdog institute, Florida TaxWatch.

Monday, March 30, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3040)/Comments (0)/
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$4 Billion Dollars Separate House and Senate Budget Proposals

A more than $4 billion dollar difference between the House and Senate budget proposals is detailed in the latest Budget Watch from Florida TaxWatch. The nonpartisan taxpayer watchdog group's annual analysis of the initial budgets shows that the largest point of contention between the chambers is in funding the health and human services portion of the budget.

Friday, March 27, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2836)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Applauds House Tax Cuts Proposal

House plan would cut taxes by $690 million

Statement from Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute and government watchdog:

"Today, the Florida House Finance and Tax Committee unveiled their plans to cut Floridians' taxes by $690 million this year. I commend the House leaders for their efforts to produce a broad-based tax cut package that will help save money for hardworking Florida families and the businesses that invest in our communities and provide jobs to our residents.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2843)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Honors State Employees at 27th Annual Prudential Productivity Awards

More than 200 state workers honored this year

Hundreds of state employees gathered on Thursday at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in downtown Tallahassee at a luncheon honoring winners of Florida TaxWatch's 2015 Prudential Productivity Awards. The 27th Annual event is designed to highlight and reward state employees who innovatively reduce costs and improve services for Florida taxpayers.

Thursday, March 12, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2700)/Comments (0)/
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