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Economic Development Incentives Drive Jobs to Florida, Boost State Economy

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Shaping up to be one of the biggest battles in the Legislature in many years, the fight on economic development incentives and tourism funding has been swirling throughout the halls of the Capitol the last few weeks. On one side are those who believe that taxpayer dollars should not be used to entice businesses and tourists to Florida; the other side sees these programs as crucial for creating jobs and boosting our economy.
Friday, February 17, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1110)/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 (791)/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 (965)/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 (1522)/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 (1054)/Comments (0)/
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Statement on Major Victory for Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program and our Students

The battle at the Supreme Court would have been costly to Florida taxpayers.

This morning, the Florida Supreme Court declined to hear the teacher’s union lawsuit attacking Florida’s tax credit scholarship program. This is a huge victory for Florida families. These scholarships provide lower income families, most of whom are minorities, the opportunities to receive a high quality education and are funded through donations from businesses across the state.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1463)/Comments (0)/
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Keeping Cigars in the Cigar City

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Politicians talk repeatedly about doing things to help create jobs. But, sometimes, doing nothing is the best option. We hope that newly-elected lawmakers understand that less government intrusion is often the key to keeping the American Dream alive.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1062)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Offers Snapshot of State’s Correctional System

The report is a crucial piece to better understand where improvements can be made.

With Florida’s prison population one of the largest in the country, lawmakers have made a concentrated push to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the state correctional system. The latest report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier, non-partisan government watchdog, offers a detailed analysis of the state’s sentencing, incarceration, prisoner, and correctional budget histories, allowing policy makers and the public to identify areas in need of improvement regarding corrections.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1385)/Comments (0)/
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In Tight Budget Year, Lawmakers Must Commit to Government Efficiency

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

As the next legislative session approaches, Florida lawmakers face an uphill battle in funding critical government services while trying to sustain the state’s economic success.

Thursday, January 05, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1049)/Comments (0)/
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