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More Sunshine, Fewer Budget Turkeys As Lawmakers Spend Billions Of Taxpayers’ Dollars

Lowest amount of turkeys in budget since 2010.

Florida’s elected lawmakers put fewer secret spending projects into the budget in the waning days of this Legislative session, but improvements are still needed to guarantee taxpayers have full openness, transparency and accountability when lawmakers spend their money.
Friday, March 18, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2496)/Comments (0)/
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The Hanky Has Dropped: At End Of Session, Florida TaxWatch Commends Lawmaker’s Movement On Taxwatch Recommendations

Passed recommendations include extension of the sales tax exemption on manufacturing equipment, telehealth and expansion of scope of practice for ARNPs and PAs.

With the traditional hanky drop, the 2016 Legislative session has officially come to a close. The Legislature avoided a Special Session this year, approving the $82.349 billion state budget, which will fund various state agencies and critical needs for all Floridians.
Friday, March 11, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2490)/Comments (0)/
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Floridians’ Tax Burden Remains Complex Mix of Low State Taxes and Higher Local Taxes

The state's local and state combined tax burden is ranked 38th in the nation.

Floridians’ tax burden remains lower than most states, despite local government taxes that are higher than average, according to the 2016 edition of Florida TaxWatch’s How Florida Compares: Taxes. The report helps Floridians understand how state revenues stack up against the rest of the nation.
Thursday, March 10, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2732)/Comments (0)/
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Statement On The Release Of Florida’s Fiscal Year 2016-17 Budget

Florida TaxWatch will be analyzing the budget in advance of our Budget Turkey report.

With the release of the fiscal year 2016-17 budget, lawmakers now have 72 hours to read the final proposed budget prior to voting. The Tax and Budget Reform Commission, with the urging of Florida TaxWatch, was instrumental in enacting the constitutionally required 72 hour “cooling off” period, ensuring that the public, press and all legislators have a chance to examine the budget before a vote is cast. The $82.349 billion state budget will fund various state agencies and critical needs for all Floridians.
Tuesday, March 08, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3031)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Applauds The Confirmations Of Cissy Proctor And Tom Delacenserie

These appointments are excellent choices for the future of Florida.

Florida TaxWatch has long committed itself to making Florida’s state government more cost-efficient for taxpayers and understands the best way to achieve this goal is to have highly proficient and dedicated public servants who create tremendous value for all Floridians.
Tuesday, March 08, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1604)/Comments (0)/
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Statement On Passage Of Bill Addressing Mental Health And Substance Abuse Services In Florida

The bill implements a “No Wrong Door” system that will optimize care for those suffering from mental illness and substance use.

Earlier today, the Florida House passed Senate Bill 12. This legislation aligns with Florida TaxWatch recommendations that call for Florida’s behavioral health managing entities to be continuously and properly funded.  SB 12 aims to improve behavioral health processes around the state through the creation of a coordinated system of care for those suffering from mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders.

Monday, March 07, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3455)/Comments (0)/
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Statement on The Passage Of The House Tax Package To The Senate Floor

The tax cut package totals $129 million in relief for Floridians.

This morning, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a tax cut package, moving it to consideration by the full Senate. The tax package is a Senate-amended version of House Bill 7099 and totals $129 million in tax cuts for hard-working Floridians. The package also benefits various industries in the state, encouraging economic growth and boosting job prospects for Floridians.
Thursday, March 03, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1856)/Comments (0)/
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Statement On Senate Bill Addressing Scope Of Practice For Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners And Physicians Assistants Which Would Improve Healthcare Outcomes And Costs

Expanding scope of practice would provide Floridians with more cost-effective, accessible healthcare.

Today, the Senate Appropriations committee approved Senate Bill 1250, marking a significant step for expanding scope of practice for advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) and physician assistants (PAs) in the state. Florida TaxWatch has long advocated for this common sense change to help Floridians save money and live healthier lives.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1630)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Welcomes New Chief Economist Dr. Robert D. Cruz

Dr. Cruz comes to TaxWatch following a successful career in academia.

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 Dr. Robert D. Cruz has joined our team as our Chief Economist.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1866)/Comments (0)/
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Plummeting Gas Prices Pump Consumer’s Money Back Into Their Pockets, Boost Other Industry Sectors

Consumers saved between $540 to $700 in gas-related costs in 2015.

As gas prices have plummeted, consumers are seeing more of their hard earned cash back in their pockets. According to Florida TaxWatch’s February Economic Commentary, Americans will realize savings upwards of $140 billion as a result of tumbling prices at the pump. With the extra money, consumers have improved purchasing power that can be spent in other sectors of the economy.

Friday, February 26, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2568)/Comments (0)/
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