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The Future Of Florida Depends On Critical Investments In Its Strained Transportation Infrastructure To Improve Quality Of Life And Move The Economy Forward

Investing in the state’s transportation system will contribute to the overall well-being of our state.

Investments in transportation infrastructure provide greater productivity and improved quality of life for all Floridians. Over the next 25 years, the cost of the unmet needs in the state’s transportation system is expected to reach $131.2 billion and would affect every part of every Floridian’s daily life from productivity to safety to access to high-paying jobs.

Thursday, February 4, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2177)/Comments (0)/
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Public Records Laws Must Be Reformed To Stop Misuse While Protecting Citizen Oversight Of Government, Says New TaxWatch Report

Frivolous lawsuits threaten government efficiency and tax dollars.

Florida’s taxpayers are being taken advantage of by profiteering individuals abusing the state’s public records laws for personal and financial gain, and by public records requests that serve no legitimate public interest other than harassing public agencies. This misuse of the Public Records Act costs taxpayers money and makes government less efficient, according to a new report by Florida TaxWatch.
Thursday, January 28, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2376)/Comments (0)/
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Statement From Florida TaxWatch On Florida House Tax Reduction Package Released Today

The package addresses various TaxWatch recommendations.

Florida TaxWatch has long recommended smart tax policy that helps Floridians and boosts the state economy.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2485)/Comments (0)/
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Statement On The Passage Of Senate Bill Addressing Telehealth Expansion That Will Provide Greater Health Care Access While Saving Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars

The bill would create the framework for telehealth expansion in Florida.

Telehealth – the use of technology to expand health care access to all Floridians – is finally receiving legislative support as lawmakers consider efforts to cut red tape and allow more healthcare providers to offer routine visits and check-ups via computers, telephones, and smartphone apps.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2128)/Comments (0)/
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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 (2177)/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 (3410)/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 (2232)/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 (2118)/Comments (0)/
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Floridians Get Back To Work As 2015 Job Growth Boosts Record Employment

Improving job numbers signal a growing economy.

With an addition of 240,000 jobs in 2015, Florida continues to rise from the Great Recession, according to the December edition of Economic Commentary by Florida TaxWatch. Over the past year, all of Florida’s major industries have seen strong employment gains, with government being the only industry with a reduction in jobs. The unemployment rate has fallen to five percent, matching the national rate and reaching its lowest point since January 2008.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2228)/Comments (0)/
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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 (3326)/Comments (0)/
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