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After Strong 2015, A Sunny Economic Outlook For The Sunshine State In 2016

Improved job growth contributing significantly to the economy.

Coming off a strong 2015, Florida’s economy will continue to grow in 2016. According to the latest edition of Florida TaxWatch’s Economic Commentary, Florida’s Real Gross State Product is expected to grow 3.1 percent in 2016, higher than the national rate. Additionally, job growth is expected to continue to improve, with most experts predicting between 2.2 – 2.9 percent job growth in 2016.
Friday, January 15, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1725)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Taxwatch’s “State Of The Taxpayer Dinner” Shines A Spotlight On Taxpayers In The 2016 Legislative Session

The sold-out event featured various legislative leaders discussing their goals for this year's session.

On January 13, Florida TaxWatch, an independent nonpartisan research institute, held its State of the Taxpayer Dinner highlighting the issues affecting Florida taxpayers during the 2016 Legislative Session. The sold-out event attracted more than 140 taxpayers, business and community leaders, and lawmakers.
Thursday, January 14, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2610)/Comments (0)/
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Government Efficiency Task Force Recommends Changes To Save Taxpayers Money As 2016 Legislative Session Begins

The task force approved its interim recommendations earlier this month.

At its January 8th meeting, the Government Efficiency Task Force (GETF) approved its interim recommendation report in advance of the 2016 Legislative Session. The interim report includes recommendations that would generate substantial taxpayer savings and improve government efficiency.
Thursday, January 14, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1730)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Taxwatch Calls On The Legislature To Extend The Manufacturing Sales Tax Exemption During The 2016 Legislative Session

Failing to do so could cost the state significantly.

With the looming sunset of the sales tax exemption on manufacturing equipment threatening to harm Florida’s economy, Florida TaxWatch testified before the Legislature to extend the tax exemption. The exemption on manufacturing equipment allows manufacturers to reinvest the money they would have given to the state back into their business. This promotes growth in the manufacturing industry and creates high salary jobs.
Monday, January 11, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1613)/Comments (0)/
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Statement From Dominic M. Calabro, President And CEO Of Florida Taxwatch On Governor Rick Scott’s Budget Plan For Fiscal Year 2016-17

The Governor announced his proposed budget for fiscal year 2016-17 this morning in Jacksonville.

“The Governor’s budget includes smart, targeted tax cuts to stimulate business growth while investing in critical areas like child protection and education to ensure all Floridians have the opportunity to pursue success in school and in life," said Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch.
Monday, November 23, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3001)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Taxwatch Welcomes Joe Follick As Director Of Communications and External Relations

Follick brings two decades of communications and media experience to Florida TaxWatch

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 Joe Follick has joined our team as Director of Communications and External Relations
Wednesday, November 18, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2030)/Comments (0)/
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College Football Success Could Yield More Academically Competitive Universities

Success on the field can boost academic standing off the field

College football victories are associated with better student recruitment, according to a recent report from Florida TaxWatch. The Economic Commentary highlights the residual academic benefits experienced by universities with winning sports teams.
Monday, August 31, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1980)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch’s New Staff Will Bolster Efforts to Inform Policymakers and Taxpayers

New staff members seek to support the mission of Florida TaxWatch

To better educate Florida’s taxpayers and public officials using high quality, independent research and analysis, Florida TaxWatch has added several new members to its respected team.
Thursday, August 27, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3722)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Provides Assistance to Broward Schools’ Bond Oversight Committee

Florida TaxWatch to provide governance recommendations

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro about Florida TaxWatch’s independent watchdog role with the Broward County Schools’ Bond Oversight Committee.

Thursday, August 27, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2987)/Comments (0)/
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TaxWatch Statement: Investing in Tourism Results in Florida Job Growth

Florida TaxWatch commends Governor Scott for his committment to investing in Florida tourism.

Florida's thriving tourism industry provides extraordinary opportunities for economic growth. Increasing investment in the Sunshine State's tourism industry has a direct impact on job creation in the state, and the economic impact can be felt throughout many of Florida's other industries.
Thursday, July 23, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2382)/Comments (0)/
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