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Statement From Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro on Latest Budget Forecast

Lawmakers will have less money to appropriate this upcoming session.

Lawmakers will have to be a bit more frugal with the money of the hard-working taxpayers of Florida during the upcoming Legislative Session. The latest budget forecast shows the state will have a surplus of only $7.5 million during the 2017-18 fiscal year. In order to craft a balanced budget while funding some of their priorities, lawmakers must consider changes that will save the state significant money.
Wednesday, September 07, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1369)/Comments (0)/
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Performance-Based Contracting Can Lead to More Successful Public Outcomes

Performance-based contracts promote accountability in public contracting.

Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier non-profit, non-partisan government watchdog, highlights how performance-based contracting, or pay-for-performance, can increase efficiency and create successful outcomes in public sector contracting in its August 2016 Economic Commentary.  Evidence shows that when applied correctly, performance-based contracting can minimize the risk to the taxpayer while maximizing project outcomes.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1487)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Highlights Importance of Juvenile Pre-Arrest Diversion Programs

The report makes recommendations for the Legislature to improve the state's existing programs.

The latest Florida TaxWatch report analyzes our state’s juvenile pre-arrest diversion (JPAD) programs and finds these programs are crucial to keeping juveniles from deeper involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, leading to a decrease in recidivism and improved odds of success in their adult lives. These programs also save significant taxpayer dollars that can be better invested elsewhere.
Thursday, August 25, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1583)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Offers Guide To Help Voters Make An Informed Decision On Amendment 4

Understand what a "yes" or "no" vote means before you go to the polls.

Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute and government watchdog, has always committed itself to educating and informing Florida voters on critical policy issues affecting them. As part of this critical mission, we have released the 2016 Florida Primary Voter Guide, featuring an in-depth analysis of Amendment 4 that will assist voters in making an informed decision on August 30th.

Thursday, August 18, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (5929)/Comments (0)/
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Statement From Florida TaxWatch President And CEO Dominic M. Calabro On Latest Tourism Numbers

Florida welcomed 57.4 million visitors over the first six months of 2016.

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the latest tourism numbers and Florida continues to be a premier destination for visitors around the globe. The Sunshine State welcomed 27.3 million tourists to our great state in the second quarter of 2016 and 57.4 million over the first six months of 2016, which stands as the highest number of tourists in any six month time frame in Florida history.
Friday, August 12, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1501)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Welcomes Health Care Expert Allison Wiman As Research Analyst

Allison brings more than two decades of experience in nursing and research.

Allison is a perfect fit for our world-class research team on health care topics including telehealth, expanding the scope of practice for nurse practitioners, and other issues that affect the future of everyone in the Sunshine State.
Thursday, August 11, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1541)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Opens South Florida Office

The new office will expand Florida TaxWatch's statewide footprint.

Florida TaxWatch is proud to announce the opening of our first office in South Florida.

“For nearly 40 years, Florida TaxWatch has been the leading non-partisan voice for taxpayers throughout the state,” said Dominic M. Calabro, president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch. “This physical expansion in Miami will allow us to better serve all Floridians with valuable proximity to this international hub of business and tourism.”

Thursday, August 04, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1627)/Comments (0)/
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Mid-Year Jobs Report: Florida Beating Pre-Recession Job Growth, On Path Of Sustained Economic Success

Unemployment down, job-growth outpacing national economy

After a debilitating recession from 2007 to 2009 that cost thousands of people their jobs, Florida is again among the national leaders in job creation at the halfway mark of 2016, according to the latest Economic Commentary by Florida TaxWatch.
Thursday, July 28, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1530)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Proposes Bold Solutions To Keep Released Offenders From Returning To Prison

“Locked Up, Then Locked Out” focuses on helping offenders find employment and successfully reintegrate into society

Florida’s prison population is among the largest in the United States and is expected to continue growing in the coming years. This problem is not going away: Roughly one-quarter of Florida inmates reoffend within three years of being released. As these offenders cycle in and out of state and local facilities, they build upon the already crippling corrections costs incurred by taxpayers.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1557)/Comments (0)/
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Local Poll Shows Strong Support For Property Tax Rollback in Tallahassee

Poll was conducted by Florida TaxWatch and other local community leaders.

Local groups concerned about city leaders’ decision on spending the money of hard-working Tallahassee residents released a poll showing city taxpayers want a property tax cut.
Monday, July 11, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1418)/Comments (0)/
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