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Florida TaxWatch Applauds Governor Scott’s Call to Cut Business Rent Tax, Fund Incentive and Tourism Programs

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Governor Scott's address today stressed what he, Florida TaxWatch and others have been saying for years - we need great jobs and a strong economy in order to make Florida the top state in the country to do business, grow a family and vacation. To do this, he said, we must cut the Business Rent Tax (BRT), fund targeted economic incentive programs and continue to market Florida as the nation's premier tourist destination.
Tuesday, March 07, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1097)/Comments (0)/
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Teen Trendsetters Program Prepares Students for Academic and Lifetime Success

Latest TaxWatch report analyzes the impact of the program.

According to Florida TaxWatch, the state’s independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog, the Barbara Bush Foundation’s Teen Trendsetters™ mentor program is helping Florida’s children succeed inside and outside of the classroom.  Not only is the program valuable to participants but taxpayers benefit via avoidance of social program costs and additional earnings generated from the potential increase in graduation rates.
Monday, March 06, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (634)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Highlights Economic Impact of Antibiotic Resistance

More than 2 million U.S. residents are affected by antibiotic resistant bacteria per year.

The latest edition of Florida TaxWatch’s Economic Commentary looks at the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) and the economic impact of ARB infections. The report finds that the increased use of antibiotics has allowed bacteria to develop resistance to many commonly used antibiotics, rendering antibiotic therapy ineffective in the treatment of ARB infections.
Thursday, March 02, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (627)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Raises Concerns About Broward County School District Overruns and Delays

The report features 28 findings and 16 recomendations.

Last night, Florida TaxWatch, the state’s independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog, presented its review of the Broward County School District’s SMART Program report for the quarter ending on December 31, 2016. The report includes 28 findings and 16 recommendations, which were elaborated on by Florida TaxWatch’s Vice President of Research, Bob Nave.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (798)/Comments (0)/
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Statement on Today’s Vote on House Bill 7005 Concerning the Future of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida

The bill passed the House Appropriations Committee on an 18-12 vote.

Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida are critical functions of our state, boosting our economy and creating thousands of jobs for hard-working Floridians. While we hold much respect for the members on the House Appropriations Committee, we are disappointed in their votes to move forward on House Bill 7005. The bill will now be heard in front of the full House Chamber.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1274)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Statement on Record-Breaking Tourism Numbers

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Today’s record-breaking tourism numbers are proof that Florida’s funding of marketing programs is working for the state. Nearly 113 million visitors came to the Sunshine State to attend our theme parks, spend time on the beach and enjoy numerous other attractions.
Thursday, February 16, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (978)/Comments (0)/
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Sales Tax Holidays Beneficial for Florida Taxpayers, Businesses Says Latest Florida Taxwatch Report

The holidays increase consumer spending.

The latest report by the non-profit, non-partisan government watchdog Florida TaxWatch finds that Florida’s sales tax holidays are beneficial to Florida taxpayers and businesses, while any decrease in sales tax revenue for the state is offset by growth revenue. The report notes that sales tax holidays are successful in increasing consumer spending, and that the Back To School Sales Tax Holiday is the second biggest shopping weekend in Florida, trailing only Black Friday.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (789)/Comments (0)/
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Florida's 2016 Job Growth Shows Continued Success

The state continues to rise from the depths of the Great Recession

Florida’s job growth in 2016 has brought the state’s employment numbers to an all-time high, according to a new report released today by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier nonpartisan, nonprofit government watchdog.
Monday, February 06, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (964)/Comments (0)/
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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 (1521)/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 (1053)/Comments (0)/
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