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Latest Revenue Estimating Conference Makes Small Boost to Available Funds for Budget

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Today’s Revenue Estimating Conference estimates that an additional $77.8 million in general revenue for the Legislature available to craft the new budget. Despite this boost, the new additions do not materially change the future outlook of the budget process. The Legislature will have to practice fiscal responsibility when crafting the state budget, ensuring that it is balanced and that it funds critical services for taxpayers.
Friday, March 17, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (693)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Looks at True Cost of Education for Hard-Working Taxpayers

The true cost of education is often much greater than the totals reported from the FEFP as capital outlay, debt service, and other K-12 services are reported separately.

The latest finding by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier non-partisan government watchdog, explores the true cost of education beyond the “per student” number often cited by the Legislature and media. This report gives Florida taxpayers a more comprehensive and insightful view of the ways that education dollars are spent and allows them to make informed decisions as to whether their tax dollars are being spent in a fiduciary manner.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2372)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Keeps the Focus on Hard-Working Taxpayers During The State of the Taxpayer Dinner

The event is in its second year.

On March 8, Florida TaxWatch, an independent nonpartisan research institute, held its State of the Taxpayer Dinner highlighting the issues affecting Florida taxpayers during the 2017 Legislative Session. In its second year, the sold-out, standing room only State of the Taxpayer Dinner attracted more than 150 taxpayers, business and community leaders and lawmakers.
Thursday, March 09, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (709)/Comments (0)/
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Increasing Florida’s High-Tech Footprint Beneficial to State Economy, Job Market Says Latest Taxwatch Report

The Bluffs development will provide thousands of high-wage jobs in the Pensacola area.

A new report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute & government watchdog, finds that the growth of high-tech manufacturing is beneficial to Florida and that investing in the industry now can put us ahead of competitor states in enticing companies to the state.
Thursday, March 09, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1187)/Comments (0)/
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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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Teacher Shortages Harm the Future of Our State

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Florida’s education system is facing a crisis that will affect our children and our future. Teachers have been leaving schools at alarming rates with no one to replace them. Low pay and the stress associated with teaching have driven many college students away from the profession, leaving a shallow talent pool of highly qualified teachers. Additionally, Florida TaxWatch research has found that Constitutionally-mandated class size limits in Florida have led to higher demand for teachers, resulting in under-qualified individuals being hired or schools not being able to fill the position as the pool of teachers shrinks.
Friday, March 03, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (810)/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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