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Florida TaxWatch Statement on Passage of HB 7109

The package includes a cut to the business rent tax.

Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro released the following statement on the HB 7109, which passed the House earlier today.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (967)/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 (2872)/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 (946)/Comments (0)/
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Strangling Enterprise Florida, VISIT FLORIDA Costly to Sunshine State's Future

By Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, and Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Channel

Right now, jobs and the future of Florida’s economy are in jeopardy. That’s because some politicians in Tallahassee want to eliminate Florida’s economic development programs and slash the state’s tourism marketing efforts.
Friday, March 31, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (898)/Comments (0)/
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Statement by Florida TaxWatch President and CEO on House Tax Package

The package includes a cut to the business rent tax.

Ensuring that Florida has a welcoming tax climate for business and residents is crucial in improving the state economy, creating jobs and keeping money in the pockets of hard-working taxpayers. Florida TaxWatch applauds the Florida House for their commitment to this goal through their proposed tax package.
Thursday, March 30, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (785)/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 (743)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Finds That Food Deserts Threaten Florida’s Public Health, Economy

Florida ranks 33rd in the nation for overall health of its residents.

The latest report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog, finds that food deserts are taking a serious toll on our residents. The report finds that more than 23.5 million people throughout the United States are in areas deemed food deserts—places that lack access to healthy food options—and that people living in these areas are more likely to be obese and have health complications.
Monday, March 27, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1184)/Comments (0)/
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We Must Continue Fight to Protect Public’s Right to Maintain a Vigilant Eye on their Elected Officials

By Florida TaxWatch Chairman-Elect Pat Neal and President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

As a nonpartisan government watchdog and taxpayer-research institute that focuses on promoting government accountability and transparency, Florida TaxWatch supports the use of public notices in local newspapers of record by government entities to notify all of their citizens of meetings and votes. Unfortunately, current proposed legislation would allow municipality websites to be the only required source for public notice posting.
Thursday, March 23, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1178)/Comments (0)/
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Failure to Fund Tourism Would Devastate the Sunshine State

Proposals in the Florida House Would Slash Tourism Marketing Programs

Florida tourism is an absolutely critical industry to the state, employing millions of people and contributing millions of dollars to state coffers. Despite its importance to the Sunshine State, tourism is in the crosshairs of the Florida House, a costly decision according to the latest report by the state’s premier non-partisan government watchdog, Florida TaxWatch.
Thursday, March 23, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1499)/Comments (0)/
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Proposed National Border-Adjustment Tax on Reinsurance Would Be a Significant Blow to Florida’s Economy and Taxpayers

It would disproportionately affect the Sunshine State.

The latest report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog, finds that applying a national border-adjusted tax to reinsurance transactions would result in significantly increased property and casualty insurance premiums for Floridians and negatively impact the state economy and job market.
Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2180)/Comments (0)/
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