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Florida TaxWatch Announces Top Principals in High-Risk Schools

Nine have been recognized.

Today, Florida TaxWatch announced this year’s top performing principals, who help students achieve in Florida’s high-risk public schools. These nine principals will be recognized on November 17th, 2016 at the 4th Annual Florida TaxWatch Principal Leadership Awards in Orlando. At this ceremony, three will take home top honors and an additional cash prize for their work with Florida students.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2753)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Expands Resources For Floridians With New Blog

The blog will feature posts by TaxWatch experts.

Enhancing our mission of providing the citizens and public officials of Florida with high quality, independent research and analysis, Florida TaxWatch is proud to announce the debut of a policy- and research-based blog.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1886)/Comments (0)/
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New Florida TaxWatch Report Finds That Florida is Still a Donor State

The state pays more in taxes than what it gets back in federal funding.

Florida continues to receive far less than its fair share of federal grant dollars, according to the latest Florida TaxWatch report. Florida ranks last in in the nation in per capita federal grants, receiving about $22.8 billion in federal grants in FY2014-15 or about $1,125 for each Floridian. The report also found that Florida pays $1.58 in federal taxes for every $1.00 returned in aid, second highest in the nation.

Thursday, September 15, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2126)/Comments (0)/
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Anita Mitchell Joins Florida TaxWatch as Corporate Vice President

She is one of Florida’s most respected leaders in marketing and corporate relations.

Mitchell is the owner and president of The Mitchell Group in West Palm Beach. In her role with Florida TaxWatch, she will be a leader in continuing the non-profit research institute’s growth and success by expanding membership statewide.

Friday, September 9, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2416)/Comments (0)/
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Expanding Judicial Discretion in Sentencing Will Reduce Prison Populations, Improve Outcomes

Judicial safety valves will also save significant taxpayer dollars.

Tough on crime laws of the 1980s and ‘90s have put a significant strain on Florida taxpayers. These policies, especially mandatory minimum sentences, have forced judges to place low-risk, nonviolent offenders behind bars when many pose little or no risk to public safety and have cost taxpayers millions of dollars in a state whose corrections system is already facing understaffing and funding issues.

Thursday, September 8, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2616)/Comments (0)/
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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 7, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1991)/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 (2153)/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 (2288)/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 (6587)/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 (2070)/Comments (0)/
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