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Thirteen Percent Of Floridian’s Personal Income Goes To Support State And Local Government

The latest Budget Watch Report by Florida TaxWatch analyzes the overall cost of state and local government on Florida taxpayers.

While Florida is known as a tax-friendly state, taxes don’t tell the whole story about how much the government costs its citizens. A better measure to calculate the overall cost of government is to use “own source revenue,” which includes not just taxes, but all other sources of revenue like fees, charges for services, special assessments, impact fees and net lottery revenue.
Friday, December 18, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2595)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Collaborates With AT&T To Create Internships For Local College Students

Program honors memory of Senator Ken Plante, co-founder and first president of Florida TaxWatch and longtime advocate for education and civic engagement.

College students will have the opportunity to learn with the state’s premier non-profit government watchdog under a new program that honors Senator Ken Plante, a longtime advocate for education and a co-founder of Florida TaxWatch. The program will be named “The Senator Ken Plante Memorial Internship.”
Wednesday, December 16, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (9235)/Comments (0)/
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Gobbling Up Sales: The Economic Impact Of Thanksgiving And The Start Of Holiday Shopping

This time of year is a big boost to business revenues and state coffers.

Thanksgiving for most people often invokes images of family gatherings, turkey, and football. But for retailers, it invokes images of large crowds of shoppers and dollar signs. Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are cash cows for businesses, particularly the retail and food industries. Those days are also important for Florida, as the state will collect a six percent sales and use tax on most of the goods purchased by shoppers, except for most grocery items.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1681)/Comments (0)/
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Florida’s Fiscal Strength Ranked 5th Best In Nation

The state's fiscal health grants it financial freedom moving forward.

A recent study by George Mason University’s Mercatus Center reviewed the fiscal health of the United States, breaking down each state individually for comparison across several standardized metrics. In this month’s Economic Commentary, Florida TaxWatch analyzed the study and provided analysis focused on our state.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2995)/Comments (0)/
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Florida's Most Vulnerable Children Deserve More Focused Help

New Florida TaxWatch report calls for more resources to protect vulnerable children

With changes being made to help ensure the safety of the state's most vulnerable children and families, supporting those critical workers that we trust to protect our future is more important than ever, according to a new report from the independent watchdog institute, Florida TaxWatch.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1945)/Comments (0)/
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Manufacturing Tax Exemption Critical for Economic Growth and Diversification Efforts

Allowing the manufacturing tax exemption to sunset could have negative repercussions on Florida's economy

An expiring sales tax exemption could have a devastating impact on the state economy, according to a new analysis by Florida TaxWatch. Florida manufacturers are exempt from paying taxes on machinery and equipment purchases, but unless lawmakers take action this spring that exemption will disappear, threatening the state’s manufacturing sector.
Wednesday, November 04, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1690)/Comments (0)/
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Medical Residencies Key to Addressing Florida’s Physician Shortage

In order to improve health care, Florida must attract younger physicians.

Attracting younger physicians to Florida could help close health care access gaps and improve the state economy, according to a report from taxpayer watchdog Florida TaxWatch. The report calls for increasing the number of Graduate Medical Education programs, more commonly known as medical residencies, to attract additional doctors.
Thursday, October 29, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2968)/Comments (0)/
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Despite Surplus, Florida Faces Budget Challenges

$635 million surplus could quickly turn into a deficit

Florida lawmakers will have a $635 million surplus when they craft the 2016-17 state budget, but in a new research report, Florida TaxWatch warns that spending the entire surplus will create a deficit in the near future.
Thursday, October 01, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2003)/Comments (0)/
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Diverse investment options allow for sustainable South Florida growth

Foreign investment and a growing financial services market have bolstered the region's growing economy

South Florida’s economy has seen considerable growth in recent years, thanks to a wide variety of investment options for foreign and domestic investors, according to a commentary from Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan research group. A burgeoning innovation sector, increased foreign investment and a bolstered financial services market have augmented the region’s rapid growth.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1872)/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 (1981)/Comments (0)/
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