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Florida TaxWatch Opens South Florida Office

The new office will expand Florida TaxWatch's statewide footprint.

Florida TaxWatch is proud to announce the opening of our first office in South Florida.

“For nearly 40 years, Florida TaxWatch has been the leading non-partisan voice for taxpayers throughout the state,” said Dominic M. Calabro, president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch. “This physical expansion in Miami will allow us to better serve all Floridians with valuable proximity to this international hub of business and tourism.”

Thursday, August 04, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1627)/Comments (0)/
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Sales Tax Holidays Have Become Florida Tradition and Boon To Taxpayers, Businesses

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Few legislative decisions have been as wildly popular as Florida’s “sales tax holidays.” They have become more than just a tax break. They are a traditional back-to-school event that families plan for, neighbors talk about and businesses promote.

This year’s back-to-school sales tax holiday – from August 5 through 7 – is shorter than last year and does not exempt from taxes some items previously included such as computers.

But there are few tax breaks that generate such excitement among taxpayers while stimulating business activity with increased advertising and competition.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1775)/Comments (0)/
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Mid-Year Jobs Report: Florida Beating Pre-Recession Job Growth, On Path Of Sustained Economic Success

Unemployment down, job-growth outpacing national economy

After a debilitating recession from 2007 to 2009 that cost thousands of people their jobs, Florida is again among the national leaders in job creation at the halfway mark of 2016, according to the latest Economic Commentary by Florida TaxWatch.
Thursday, July 28, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1530)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Proposes Bold Solutions To Keep Released Offenders From Returning To Prison

“Locked Up, Then Locked Out” focuses on helping offenders find employment and successfully reintegrate into society

Florida’s prison population is among the largest in the United States and is expected to continue growing in the coming years. This problem is not going away: Roughly one-quarter of Florida inmates reoffend within three years of being released. As these offenders cycle in and out of state and local facilities, they build upon the already crippling corrections costs incurred by taxpayers.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1557)/Comments (0)/
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Local Poll Shows Strong Support For Property Tax Rollback in Tallahassee

Poll was conducted by Florida TaxWatch and other local community leaders.

Local groups concerned about city leaders’ decision on spending the money of hard-working Tallahassee residents released a poll showing city taxpayers want a property tax cut.
Monday, July 11, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1418)/Comments (0)/
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Constitutionally-Charged Government Efficiency Task Force Announces Final Recommendations To Improve Government Processes and Save Crucial Tax Dollars

The 29 recommendations would help the state realize cost-savings exceeding $2 billion annually.

Yesterday, the Florida Government Efficiency Task Force (GETF) approved its final report, which outlines 29 recommendations that would improve government operations while saving hard-working Florida taxpayers’ money. The potential cost-savings the state could realize if these recommendations were implemented could exceed $2 billion annually.
Friday, July 01, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1484)/Comments (0)/
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The $15 an Hour Debate Should Be About a $15 an Hour Workforce, Not Wage

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

As the most recent Florida TaxWatch research shows, a drastic increase to a $15 an hour minimum wage could produce unfortunate results. It is far more important for Florida's policymakers to make targeted investments in education and workforce development to build a $15 an hour workforce, rather than through burdensome government mandates.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1540)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Report Finds That $15 An Hour Minimum Wage Could Harm Florida’s Businesses, Economy

Investments in education and workforce development would go further in strengthening Florida's economy

The latest Florida TaxWatch Economic Commentary finds that a raise in the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour would likely harm Florida businesses and the job market. Florida TaxWatch estimated that businesses employing minimum wage workers in the state of Florida could see a nearly $2 billion increase in labor costs. This conservative estimate only accounts for workers currently making minimum wage, but an increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour would raise the cost of wages for nearly half of Florida’s workforce.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2851)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Honors State Employees at 28th Annual Prudential Productivity Awards Regional Ceremonies

Ceremonies were held all throughout the state.

Florida state employees received well-deserved recognition at regional luncheons throughout the week of June 20th - 24th. Honoring winners of Florida TaxWatch’s 2016 Prudential Productivity Awards, these luncheons took place in Tampa, Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville. The 28th Annual awards ceremony highlights state employees who innovatively reduce costs and improve services for Florida taxpayers. The Prudential Productivity Awards is the only program where the state’s private businesses recognize and reward public employees for making state government run more efficiently.
Friday, June 24, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1314)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Honors Tallahassee-Area State Employees at 28th Annual Prudential Productivity Awards

This event kicks off a state-wide road trip to regional ceremonies in Florida's biggest metro areas.

Florida state employees received well-deserved recognition at a luncheon honoring winners of Florida TaxWatch’s 2016 Prudential Productivity Awards at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on Wednesday. The 28th annual awards ceremony highlights state employees who innovatively reduce costs and improve services for Florida taxpayers. The Prudential Productivity Awards is the only program in the state that celebrates these dedicated state employees who work tirelessly to ensure a more efficient state government for Floridians.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1487)/Comments (0)/
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