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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 (1667)/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 8, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1409)/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 6, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1701)/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 (2652)/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 (1743)/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 (2452)/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 (2535)/Comments (0)/
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As HB 423 Provisions Go Into Effect, Florida TaxWatch Touts Victory for Nurse Practitioners

Florida becomes the final state to give ARNPs the power to prescribe controlled substances.

Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier, non-partisan government watchdog for almost 40 years, has led the charge for expanding scope of practice for advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) and physician assistants (PAs), which would significantly lower costs for patients while improving access across the state. On January 1, 2017, provisions within HB 423 became effective, making Florida the final state in the country to allow ARNPs to prescribe controlled drugs.
Thursday, January 5, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1890)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Unwraps $2 Billion Gift to State’s Taxpayers

The Government Efficiency Task Force final report is an opportunity to take pressure off lawmakers in tight budget year.

Today, Florida TaxWatch held a press conference outlining the Florida Government Efficiency Task Force (GETF) final report, which details 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.
Thursday, December 22, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2994)/Comments (0)/
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The Sunshine State on Path to Sustainable Growth in 2017 Says Latest Florida TaxWatch Report

The December edition of the Florida TaxWatch Economic Commentary previews the 2017 state economy.

While people are focusing on holiday shopping and travel plans, Florida TaxWatch is looking to 2017 and what it will bring for Florida’s economic outlook. The latest Economic Commentary published by the non-partisan, non-profit research institute finds that 2017 should bring sustained growth to the Sunshine State as people continue to find jobs and payrolls increase.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2139)/Comments (0)/
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