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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 05, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1172)/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 (1704)/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 (1399)/Comments (0)/
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Tax Credit Scholarships Save Florida Money

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

It is understandable that new forms of public education — whether they are magnet schools, charters, virtual schooling or dual enrollment — can cause anxiety. The conversation around the teachers union lawsuit to shut down the tax credit scholarship program for low-income children has produced a lot of heat but has shed very little light on the issue. And the issue underlying the lawsuit is allowing parents of disadvantaged students to choose the best educational option that permits their children to reach new levels of academic achievement.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1190)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Budget Watch Highlights Increased Revenue Estimates, Shortfall Still Looms

The revenue forecast was raised by $119.3 million in the current year (FY2016-17) and by $22.6 million for the next budget year (FY2017-18).

Thursday, December 15, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1070)/Comments (0)/
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Statement From Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro on the Passing of Charlie Reed

Reed was 75.

Charlie was a highly effective Chancellor of Florida's universities and public leader for the taxpayers of the Sunshine State for many decades. Florida and its taxpayers are certainly much better off because of the leadership and effective management skills of Charlie Reed. It was my pleasure and honor to have been his friend for more than 30 years and his loss is a loss for me personally, all Floridians and everyone who cares about education and public service.
Friday, December 09, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1037)/Comments (0)/
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Statement on Appointment of Syd Kitson to the Board Of Governors of the State University System from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Syd Kitson is the immediate past Chairman of the Florida TaxWatch Center for Health and Aging

Governor Rick Scott could not have made a better choice than selecting my friend and Florida TaxWatch leader Syd Kitson to serve on the Board of Governors of the State University System. Syd was highly effective serving as the innovative Chairman of the TaxWatch Center for Health & Aging, helping TaxWatch be a leader in securing legislation on Telehealth and expanded scope of practice for nurse and allied health professionals in the 2016 Legislative Session.
Friday, December 09, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1167)/Comments (0)/
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Time to Even the Playing Field for Small Businesses

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Small businesses truly are this nation’s backbone. They account for 94 percent of all the country’s businesses and are owned by a diverse array of Americans from all backgrounds. The ability to build a small business is the cornerstone of the American dream.

Friday, December 09, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1235)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Taps Suntrust’s David Mann as New Chairman

Additionally, TaxWatch welcomed new members to the Board of Trustees.

Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier non-profit, non-partisan research institute and government watchdog, named its new chairman and welcomed new board members at its 37th Annual Board Meeting on November 17th.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1892)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch: Florida PTA Dropping Out of Lawsuit is Good News for Florida Children

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

The Florida PTA is dropping out of the Florida Education Association’s lawsuit targeting a tax credit funded scholarship program and this is excellent news 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. The Florida PTA joins Florida School Boards Association and the Florida Association of School Administrators in dropping out of the lawsuit.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1355)/Comments (0)/
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