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Florida TaxWatch Welcomes New Chief Economist Dr. Robert D. Cruz

Dr. Cruz comes to TaxWatch following a successful career in academia.

To continue our mission of sharing high-quality, independent research and analysis with Florida’s taxpayers and public officials, Florida TaxWatch is proud to announce Dr. Robert D. Cruz has joined our team as our Chief Economist.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1873)/Comments (0)/
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Plummeting Gas Prices Pump Consumer’s Money Back Into Their Pockets, Boost Other Industry Sectors

Consumers saved between $540 to $700 in gas-related costs in 2015.

As gas prices have plummeted, consumers are seeing more of their hard earned cash back in their pockets. According to Florida TaxWatch’s February Economic Commentary, Americans will realize savings upwards of $140 billion as a result of tumbling prices at the pump. With the extra money, consumers have improved purchasing power that can be spent in other sectors of the economy.

Friday, February 26, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2577)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Declares Time Is Now To Make Florida The Top International Tourism Destination

New report calls on Florida to make investments to drive foreign visitors to the Sunshine State.

With a record-smashing 105 million visitors visiting the Sunshine State in 2015, tourism has made an incredible impact on Florida’s economy. In fact, one job is supported by every 85 visitors to our state. However, competition for tourism dollars is fierce and the Sunshine State must fight to maintain its status as the world’s premier tourism destination. A new report by Florida TaxWatch finds that investing more in international tourism will significantly boost the state’s tourism numbers and strengthen the economy.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1543)/Comments (0)/
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Investing In Economic Development Incentives Will Boost Florida’s Economy And Put Floridians To Work

Florida TaxWatch releases report encouraging targeted investment for Florida’s future.

Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier government watchdog group, today released a report calling for the Legislature to invest in the state’s economic incentive programs to continue to grow the economy and create key jobs for Floridians. The analysis finds that Florida’s competitive tax climate and welcoming weather entice businesses to our state, but Florida must provide targeted incentive packages that will help create high-paying jobs in the Sunshine State as we compete with other states for domestic and global business.
Thursday, February 18, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2829)/Comments (0)/
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Statement By Dominic M. Calabro, President And CEO Of Florida TaxWatch, On The No-Bid Health Care Contract For Inmate Health Care In Florida

No-bid contract earns disapproval of Florida's premier state government watchdog.

“With the Department of Corrections facing terrible funding issues that have put hard-working officers in dangerous situations, it is critical that lawmakers and the public have every opportunity to scrutinize how every taxpayer dollar is being spent," said Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro.
Thursday, February 11, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1661)/Comments (0)/
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The Future Of Florida Depends On Critical Investments In Its Strained Transportation Infrastructure To Improve Quality Of Life And Move The Economy Forward

Investing in the state’s transportation system will contribute to the overall well-being of our state.

Investments in transportation infrastructure provide greater productivity and improved quality of life for all Floridians. Over the next 25 years, the cost of the unmet needs in the state’s transportation system is expected to reach $131.2 billion and would affect every part of every Floridian’s daily life from productivity to safety to access to high-paying jobs.

Thursday, February 04, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1686)/Comments (0)/
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Public Records Laws Must Be Reformed To Stop Misuse While Protecting Citizen Oversight Of Government, Says New TaxWatch Report

Frivolous lawsuits threaten government efficiency and tax dollars.

Florida’s taxpayers are being taken advantage of by profiteering individuals abusing the state’s public records laws for personal and financial gain, and by public records requests that serve no legitimate public interest other than harassing public agencies. This misuse of the Public Records Act costs taxpayers money and makes government less efficient, according to a new report by Florida TaxWatch.
Thursday, January 28, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1803)/Comments (0)/
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Statement From Florida TaxWatch On Florida House Tax Reduction Package Released Today

The package addresses various TaxWatch recommendations.

Florida TaxWatch has long recommended smart tax policy that helps Floridians and boosts the state economy.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1975)/Comments (0)/
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Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill Addressing Telehealth Expansion That Will Provide Greater Health Care Access While Saving Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars

The bill would create the framework for telehealth expansion in Florida.

Telehealth – the use of technology to expand health care access to all Floridians – is finally receiving legislative support as lawmakers consider efforts to cut red tape and allow more healthcare providers to offer routine visits and check-ups via computers, telephones, and smartphone apps.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1610)/Comments (0)/
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New Taxwatch Report Analyzes Lower General Revenue Estimates For State Budget

New General Revenue estimates find that Florida will have $395.6 million less than expected for FY16-17.

Amidst international market uncertainty, the state General Revenue Estimating Conference decreased its original estimate of General Revenue collections that would be available for the state budget. The Legislature will have $395.6 million less than previously estimated in October, with $31.257 billion available for the fiscal year 2016-17 state budget.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1961)/Comments (0)/
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