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Constitutionally-Charged Government Efficiency Task Force Announces Final Recommendations To Improve Government Processes and Save Crucial Tax Dollars

The 29 recommendations would help the state realize cost-savings exceeding $2 billion annually.

Yesterday, the Florida Government Efficiency Task Force (GETF) approved its final report, which outlines 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.
Friday, July 01, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1470)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Report Finds That $15 An Hour Minimum Wage Could Harm Florida’s Businesses, Economy

Investments in education and workforce development would go further in strengthening Florida's economy

The latest Florida TaxWatch Economic Commentary finds that a raise in the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour would likely harm Florida businesses and the job market. Florida TaxWatch estimated that businesses employing minimum wage workers in the state of Florida could see a nearly $2 billion increase in labor costs. This conservative estimate only accounts for workers currently making minimum wage, but an increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour would raise the cost of wages for nearly half of Florida’s workforce.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2830)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Honors State Employees at 28th Annual Prudential Productivity Awards Regional Ceremonies

Ceremonies were held all throughout the state.

Florida state employees received well-deserved recognition at regional luncheons throughout the week of June 20th - 24th. Honoring winners of Florida TaxWatch’s 2016 Prudential Productivity Awards, these luncheons took place in Tampa, Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville. The 28th Annual awards ceremony highlights state employees who innovatively reduce costs and improve services for Florida taxpayers. The Prudential Productivity Awards is the only program where the state’s private businesses recognize and reward public employees for making state government run more efficiently.
Friday, June 24, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1300)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Honors Tallahassee-Area State Employees at 28th Annual Prudential Productivity Awards

This event kicks off a state-wide road trip to regional ceremonies in Florida's biggest metro areas.

Florida state employees received well-deserved recognition at a luncheon honoring winners of Florida TaxWatch’s 2016 Prudential Productivity Awards at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on Wednesday. The 28th annual awards ceremony highlights state employees who innovatively reduce costs and improve services for Florida taxpayers. The Prudential Productivity Awards is the only program in the state that celebrates these dedicated state employees who work tirelessly to ensure a more efficient state government for Floridians.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1474)/Comments (0)/
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TaxWatch Report Offers Solutions To Lower Crime With Lower Costs

"Tough on crime" is tough on taxpayers.

Florida TaxWatch has long championed smart justice options that protect taxpayers’ safety and wallets. A new report proposes solutions on how Florida deals with non-violent offenders to reduce costly and unnecessary strain on the state corrections budget and facilities. The report – Lower Costs & Less Crime: Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reform Options for Florida – recommends numerous policy initiatives to promote smarter sentencing, reduce recidivism and save tax dollars, while ensuring a safer Sunshine State.
Thursday, May 19, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1630)/Comments (0)/
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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 (1517)/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 (1588)/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 (1535)/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 (1449)/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 (2487)/Comments (0)/
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