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PUBLIX VICE CHAIRMAN BARNEY BARNETT HONORED AT FLORIDA TAXWATCH SPRING MEETING

Barney Barnett, Vice Chairman of Publix Super Markets, Inc., was honored on Friday, April 20th during the Florida TaxWatch Spring Meeting Awards in Orlando, FL. Though Mr. Barnett was unable to attend the event, his son Wesley and daughter-in-law Ashley were present to accept his award and to Skype Mr. Barnett into the luncheon. 
Monday, April 30, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (191)/Comments (0)/
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GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG HONORS CFO JEFF ATWATER WITH TAXWATCH CO-FOUNDER PHIL LEWIS AWARD

In 1977, incoming Senate President Phil Lewis approached Mark Hollis, then Vice Chair of Publix Super Markets, Inc., about the need for a line of communication between the business community and the Legislature. From there, the idea for a government watchdog was born, and Florida TaxWatch (then known as the Citizens Council for Budget Research) was created two years later. Senate President Phil Lewis was not only a founder of Florida TaxWatch but a legislative leader dedicated to making the sunshine state a force to be reckoned with.
Monday, April 30, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (169)/Comments (0)/
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FLORIDA TAXWATCH AND FLORIDA STATE HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Today, Florida TaxWatch and the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced a strategic partnership that benefits the taxpaying citizens of Florida. The nature of the strategic partnership is founded on a shared vision of advancing economic vitality and sound public policy. Leaders from both organizations recognized that synergies and common interests currently exist, which can be optimized by working together to achieve their respective missions.
Thursday, April 19, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (228)/Comments (0)/
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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 (249)/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 (276)/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 (288)/Comments (0)/
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FloridaMakes Makes Florida Manufacturing More Competitive

FloridaMakes Makes Florida Manufacturing More Competitive

FloridaMakes, a statewide partnership designed to improve the productivity and technological performance of manufacturers, is making the Sunshine State more competitive.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (818)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Applauds House for Passage of Proposed Supermajority Constitutional Amendment

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro released the following statement regarding the House's passage of the proposed supermajority constitutional amendment.

Friday, January 26, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (606)/Comments (0)/
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Incentives Drive Jobs, Boost Economy

Incentives Drive Jobs, Boost Economy

An op-ed from President & CEO Dominic Calabro
Thursday, February 23, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1746)/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 (2352)/Comments (0)/
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