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Florida Taxwatch Recognizes Top Principals in High-Risk Schools

Three winners from Broward, Washington and Miami-Dade Counties receive $5,000 for their exemplary work helping students succeed .

Principals are critical leaders in the education system. They are effective managers, role models and are the face of the school to families and taxpayers. For these reasons and many more, Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy research institute, is proud to have established the Principal Leadership Awards program in 2013 to identify Florida’s most effective principals in K-12 public schools.

This year’s top performing principals who have helped students achieve in Florida’s high-risk public schools were recognized on Thursday, November 17th, at the 4th Annual Florida TaxWatch Principal Leadership Awards at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.
Friday, November 18, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1486)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Applauds House Speaker-Designate Richard Corcoran for His Support of More Transparency in Budgeting Process

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

For nearly four decades, Florida TaxWatch has called for transparency in the budget process with our annual “turkey list” which highlights items that were inserted into the state budget with no opportunity for public review.
Thursday, November 10, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1299)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Checks Out The Buzz About Declining Bees In Latest Report

The bee population has rapidly declined in the last 60 plus years.

The latest Florida TaxWatch Economic Commentary reports that the United States’s bee population has fallen from about 6 million colonies in the 1947 to just 2.5 million today. Because more than a third of the world’s diet relies on pollinated crops, this dramatic population decline has already stung the food supply chain.
Monday, October 31, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1288)/Comments (0)/
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Statement From Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro on House Speaker-Designate Corcoran’s Review of Sanford Burnham

Corcoran has called out Sanford Burnham for misusing taxpayer funds.

We appreciate and support House Speaker-Designate Richard Corcoran’s efforts to recover taxpayer money provided to Sanford Burnham. The California-based institute received $350 million in incentives from local and state taxpayers yet failed to create all the jobs it promised before announcing earlier this year that it was withdrawing from the state. This includes nearly $155 million in incentives funded by state taxpayers.
Friday, October 28, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1833)/Comments (0)/
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Telehealth Momentum Grows After Florida TaxWatch Leadership

The Telehealth Advisory Council met for the first time earlier this month.

For years now, Florida TaxWatch has been a leader in calling for the expansion of telehealth in Florida. In addition to releasing numerous high-quality research reports on telehealth, TaxWatch has presented our research to the Legislature, spoken with elected officials and held summits featuring world-class speakers on this issue.
Thursday, October 27, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1264)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Announces Top Principals in High-Risk Schools

Nine have been recognized.

Today, Florida TaxWatch announced this year’s top performing principals, who help students achieve in Florida’s high-risk public schools. These nine principals will be recognized on November 17th, 2016 at the 4th Annual Florida TaxWatch Principal Leadership Awards in Orlando. At this ceremony, three will take home top honors and an additional cash prize for their work with Florida students.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1882)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Expands Resources For Floridians With New Blog

The blog will feature posts by TaxWatch experts.

Enhancing our mission of providing the citizens and public officials of Florida with high quality, independent research and analysis, Florida TaxWatch is proud to announce the debut of a policy- and research-based blog.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1243)/Comments (0)/
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New Florida TaxWatch Report Finds That Florida is Still a Donor State

The state pays more in taxes than what it gets back in federal funding.

Florida continues to receive far less than its fair share of federal grant dollars, according to the latest Florida TaxWatch report. Florida ranks last in in the nation in per capita federal grants, receiving about $22.8 billion in federal grants in FY2014-15 or about $1,125 for each Floridian. The report also found that Florida pays $1.58 in federal taxes for every $1.00 returned in aid, second highest in the nation.

Thursday, September 15, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1497)/Comments (0)/
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Anita Mitchell Joins Florida TaxWatch as Corporate Vice President

She is one of Florida’s most respected leaders in marketing and corporate relations.

Mitchell is the owner and president of The Mitchell Group in West Palm Beach. In her role with Florida TaxWatch, she will be a leader in continuing the non-profit research institute’s growth and success by expanding membership statewide.

Friday, September 09, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1622)/Comments (0)/
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Expanding Judicial Discretion in Sentencing Will Reduce Prison Populations, Improve Outcomes

Judicial safety valves will also save significant taxpayer dollars.

Tough on crime laws of the 1980s and ‘90s have put a significant strain on Florida taxpayers. These policies, especially mandatory minimum sentences, have forced judges to place low-risk, nonviolent offenders behind bars when many pose little or no risk to public safety and have cost taxpayers millions of dollars in a state whose corrections system is already facing understaffing and funding issues.

Thursday, September 08, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1637)/Comments (0)/
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