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Florida TaxWatch Proposes Bold Solutions To Keep Released Offenders From Returning To Prison

“Locked Up, Then Locked Out” focuses on helping offenders find employment and successfully reintegrate into society

Florida’s prison population is among the largest in the United States and is expected to continue growing in the coming years. This problem is not going away: Roughly one-quarter of Florida inmates reoffend within three years of being released. As these offenders cycle in and out of state and local facilities, they build upon the already crippling corrections costs incurred by taxpayers.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1557)/Comments (0)/
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Local Poll Shows Strong Support For Property Tax Rollback in Tallahassee

Poll was conducted by Florida TaxWatch and other local community leaders.

Local groups concerned about city leaders’ decision on spending the money of hard-working Tallahassee residents released a poll showing city taxpayers want a property tax cut.
Monday, July 11, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1418)/Comments (0)/
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Constitutionally-Charged Government Efficiency Task Force Announces Final Recommendations To Improve Government Processes and Save Crucial Tax Dollars

The 29 recommendations would help the state realize cost-savings exceeding $2 billion annually.

Yesterday, the Florida Government Efficiency Task Force (GETF) approved its final report, which outlines 29 recommendations that would improve government operations while saving hard-working Florida taxpayers’ money. The potential cost-savings the state could realize if these recommendations were implemented could exceed $2 billion annually.
Friday, July 01, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1485)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Report Finds That $15 An Hour Minimum Wage Could Harm Florida’s Businesses, Economy

Investments in education and workforce development would go further in strengthening Florida's economy

The latest Florida TaxWatch Economic Commentary finds that a raise in the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour would likely harm Florida businesses and the job market. Florida TaxWatch estimated that businesses employing minimum wage workers in the state of Florida could see a nearly $2 billion increase in labor costs. This conservative estimate only accounts for workers currently making minimum wage, but an increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour would raise the cost of wages for nearly half of Florida’s workforce.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2851)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Honors State Employees at 28th Annual Prudential Productivity Awards Regional Ceremonies

Ceremonies were held all throughout the state.

Florida state employees received well-deserved recognition at regional luncheons throughout the week of June 20th - 24th. Honoring winners of Florida TaxWatch’s 2016 Prudential Productivity Awards, these luncheons took place in Tampa, Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville. The 28th Annual awards ceremony highlights state employees who innovatively reduce costs and improve services for Florida taxpayers. The Prudential Productivity Awards is the only program where the state’s private businesses recognize and reward public employees for making state government run more efficiently.
Friday, June 24, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1314)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Honors Tallahassee-Area State Employees at 28th Annual Prudential Productivity Awards

This event kicks off a state-wide road trip to regional ceremonies in Florida's biggest metro areas.

Florida state employees received well-deserved recognition at a luncheon honoring winners of Florida TaxWatch’s 2016 Prudential Productivity Awards at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on Wednesday. The 28th annual awards ceremony highlights state employees who innovatively reduce costs and improve services for Florida taxpayers. The Prudential Productivity Awards is the only program in the state that celebrates these dedicated state employees who work tirelessly to ensure a more efficient state government for Floridians.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1487)/Comments (0)/
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Statement From Florida TaxWatch President & Ceo Dominic M. Calabro On TaxWatch Supporter Publix Moving Into Fortune 100

Publix Ranks #87 in Fortune's Annual List

Publix Super Markets has long been a Florida treasure. Known for its commitment to its employees and customers, the grocery chain has been serving Florida families since 1930. Today, Fortune announced its annual Fortune 500 list for 2016 and Florida TaxWatch wants to congratulate Publix for moving into the Fortune 100.
Monday, June 06, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1441)/Comments (0)/
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TaxWatch Report Offers Solutions To Lower Crime With Lower Costs

"Tough on crime" is tough on taxpayers.

Florida TaxWatch has long championed smart justice options that protect taxpayers’ safety and wallets. A new report proposes solutions on how Florida deals with non-violent offenders to reduce costly and unnecessary strain on the state corrections budget and facilities. The report – Lower Costs & Less Crime: Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reform Options for Florida – recommends numerous policy initiatives to promote smarter sentencing, reduce recidivism and save tax dollars, while ensuring a safer Sunshine State.
Thursday, May 19, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1641)/Comments (0)/
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Floridians Can Celebrate Taxpayer Independence Day on April 20th

This year's date falls on the same day as 2015, after a short period of coming later in the year.

On April 20th, Floridians will celebrate Taxpayer Independence Day 2016, the first day of the year where taxpayers are no longer working to pay off their tax bill but are working for themselves. This symbolic date, calculated by Florida TaxWatch, assumes that every dollar earned from the start of 2016 went to pay taxes at all levels of government.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1528)/Comments (0)/
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Innovative State Employees Honored With Prudential Productivity Awards, Save Taxpayers Thousands

Cash and plaque awards will be presented to nearly 605 individuals and teams.

Today, Florida TaxWatch announced the 2016 Prudential Productivity Award winners at its Tallahassee office. The program, founded by Florida TaxWatch, has been honoring dedicated state employees since 1989. The Prudential Productivity Awards program recognizes and rewards hard-working state employees who develop and implement innovative cost-saving and efficient improvements.
Friday, April 15, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1600)/Comments (0)/
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