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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 (2298)/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 (2300)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Commends Governor Scott on the Signing of Criminal Justice Bills to Slow the Continuous Cycle of Imprisonment

Smart justice reforms are a priority of Florida TaxWatch.

As the nation focuses on making criminal justice reform a reality, Florida continues to make strides in ensuring that Floridians who make mistakes are given a second chance to change their lives, receive a quality education and find a job. Today, Governor Rick Scott signed HB 439 into law, joining HB 1149 and HB 293, which were signed yesterday. These bills will not only save taxpayer dollars, but also slow the flow of Floridians into a cycle that has too often kept them imprisoned rather than provide them with the help they desperately need.
Friday, March 25, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2157)/Comments (0)/
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Latest TaxWatch Report Finds There Is More Than Meets The Eye Behind The Unemployment Rate

The labor force participation rate is a key metric behind properly analyzing the job market.

Florida’s unemployment rate is down almost half from the peak of 11.1 percent during the Great Recession. While the state’s current unemployment rate of 5 percent is good news, the number doesn’t tell the whole story. An underlying factor that determines whether the job market is truly positive is the labor force participation rate (LFPR). The LFPR is the percentage of able-bodied adults aged 16 and over who are either employed or looking for a job. It is considered a more accurate representation of what really is occurring in the job market.
Thursday, March 24, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2113)/Comments (0)/
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More Sunshine, Fewer Budget Turkeys As Lawmakers Spend Billions Of Taxpayers’ Dollars

Lowest amount of turkeys in budget since 2010.

Florida’s elected lawmakers put fewer secret spending projects into the budget in the waning days of this Legislative session, but improvements are still needed to guarantee taxpayers have full openness, transparency and accountability when lawmakers spend their money.
Friday, March 18, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3602)/Comments (0)/
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The Hanky Has Dropped: At End Of Session, Florida TaxWatch Commends Lawmaker’s Movement On Taxwatch Recommendations

Passed recommendations include extension of the sales tax exemption on manufacturing equipment, telehealth and expansion of scope of practice for ARNPs and PAs.

With the traditional hanky drop, the 2016 Legislative session has officially come to a close. The Legislature avoided a Special Session this year, approving the $82.349 billion state budget, which will fund various state agencies and critical needs for all Floridians.
Friday, March 11, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3561)/Comments (0)/
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Floridians’ Tax Burden Remains Complex Mix of Low State Taxes and Higher Local Taxes

The state's local and state combined tax burden is ranked 38th in the nation.

Floridians’ tax burden remains lower than most states, despite local government taxes that are higher than average, according to the 2016 edition of Florida TaxWatch’s How Florida Compares: Taxes. The report helps Floridians understand how state revenues stack up against the rest of the nation.
Thursday, March 10, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3867)/Comments (0)/
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Statement On The Release Of Florida’s Fiscal Year 2016-17 Budget

Florida TaxWatch will be analyzing the budget in advance of our Budget Turkey report.

With the release of the fiscal year 2016-17 budget, lawmakers now have 72 hours to read the final proposed budget prior to voting. The Tax and Budget Reform Commission, with the urging of Florida TaxWatch, was instrumental in enacting the constitutionally required 72 hour “cooling off” period, ensuring that the public, press and all legislators have a chance to examine the budget before a vote is cast. The $82.349 billion state budget will fund various state agencies and critical needs for all Floridians.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (4270)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Applauds The Confirmations Of Cissy Proctor And Tom Delacenserie

These appointments are excellent choices for the future of Florida.

Florida TaxWatch has long committed itself to making Florida’s state government more cost-efficient for taxpayers and understands the best way to achieve this goal is to have highly proficient and dedicated public servants who create tremendous value for all Floridians.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2318)/Comments (0)/
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Statement On Passage Of Bill Addressing Mental Health And Substance Abuse Services In Florida

The bill implements a “No Wrong Door” system that will optimize care for those suffering from mental illness and substance use.

Earlier today, the Florida House passed Senate Bill 12. This legislation aligns with Florida TaxWatch recommendations that call for Florida’s behavioral health managing entities to be continuously and properly funded.  SB 12 aims to improve behavioral health processes around the state through the creation of a coordinated system of care for those suffering from mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders.

Monday, March 7, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (4221)/Comments (0)/
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