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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 (1361)/Comments (0)/
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Protect Taxpayers When Governments Spend Their Money on Contractors

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

When taxpayers pay for a road or a school, the expectations are clear – a new street that helps traffic move or a new building that safely houses our students.

But so many services that taxpayers pay for are less tangible – helping children receive quality health care, giving prisoners the tools to stay away from crime upon release, protecting the state’s most  vulnerable children and adults with support and assistance.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1566)/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 (1479)/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 (1576)/Comments (0)/
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College Football is a Touchdown for Florida’s Local and State Economies

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

It is Hurricane season in Florida. And Seminole season. And it’s also the season for the Gators and Rattlers and Bulls and many others. After a long hot summer, Floridians are eagerly awaiting the return of college football.

Not only is college football great for the fans, it is also a boon for communities and the state’s economy.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2457)/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 (5924)/Comments (0)/
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Remember to Thank Principals Too During the First Week Back to School

Principals are an often overlooked group in the success of teachers and students.

For millions of parents and students this month around the Sunshine State, one of the most exciting parts of returning to school is meeting the teachers. And for good reason; teachers will spend 180 days helping students learn and grow as one of the primary influences, besides parents and family, in each child’s life.

But as you settle into the new school year routine, we hope you will take some time to share your appreciation and support for each school’s principal. More than you may realize, effective principals have a crucial role in each student’s progress and success.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (5654)/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 (1495)/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 (1538)/Comments (0)/
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“Tampon Tax” Highlights Need to Review All Tax Exemptions

By Robert Weissert, Esq., Florida TaxWatch Executive Vice President and Counsel to the President and CEO

The debate over the “tampon tax” has sparked a healthy discussion about our state’s tax system. We hope lawmakers take advantage of the public attention on this issue to review all of the quirks and loopholes in taxation.

Thursday, August 04, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2376)/Comments (0)/
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