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Florida TaxWatch’s New Staff Will Bolster Efforts to Inform Policymakers and Taxpayers

New staff members seek to support the mission of Florida TaxWatch

To better educate Florida’s taxpayers and public officials using high quality, independent research and analysis, Florida TaxWatch has added several new members to its respected team.
Thursday, August 27, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3738)/Comments (0)/
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Growing Economy Means More Money for 2016-17 State Budget

Increased tax collections playing a large role

State economists predict lawmakers will have $657.5 million more than previously anticipated for the next state budget. The latest General Revenue (GR) forecast shows the state's GR fund is expected to reach $31.6 billion for the 2016-17 budget year. The growing available funds mean recurring revenues exceed current recurring expenses by $1.6 billion.
Thursday, August 20, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2093)/Comments (0)/
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Budget Turkeys highlight need for transparency in Florida budget process

2015 Report finds $167 million in Budget Turkeys

Despite lawmakers' efforts to increase transparency while crafting the 2015-16 Florida state budget, 189 projects worth $167 million were inserted into the budget without sufficient public scrutiny, or circumventing established budget processes, according to the Florida TaxWatch 2015 Budget Turkey Watch Report: An analysis of the accountability and transparency of the budget process.
Thursday, July 02, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2446)/Comments (0)/
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Governor Scott Declares June Prudential Productivity Awards Month

Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet honored the Florida TaxWatch Prudential Productivity Awards program and state employees by designating June as Prudential Productivity Awards Month. The awards program honors hundreds of state employees each year for their innovative cost-saving ideas that have reduced costs and improved services for Florida taxpayers...

Tuesday, May 05, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (3684)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Senate Recognizes Florida as a Taxpayer-Friendly State

Taxpayer Independence Day - April 20, 2015

Florida TaxWatch celebrated Taxpayer Independence Day on Monday, April 20, 2015. Taxpayer Independence Day is the first day in the calendar year that Florida taxpayers, on average, begin earning income that does not go toward federal, state and local taxes. Yesterday, the Florida Senate, led by Senator Jeff Brandes, recognized that Florida remains a low-tax state by adopting Senate Resolution 1668.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2487)/Comments (0)/
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Bill Strengthens Florida's Inspectors General

A Statement from Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

The Florida Legislature has once again proven its commitment to increasing accountability in state government by ensuring the state's inspectors general are best equipped to serve the state's taxpayers as trusted, independent investigators...

Friday, April 17, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2871)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Municipal Power Agency Lacks Accountability and Oversight

Additional measures needed to protect more than 2 million Floridians

Greater oversight and additional measures to improve the accountability of the government agency responsible for providing cost-effective electricity to more than two million Floridians are needed, according to a new report from the independent watchdog institute, Florida TaxWatch.

Monday, March 30, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2748)/Comments (0)/
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$4 Billion Dollars Separate House and Senate Budget Proposals

A more than $4 billion dollar difference between the House and Senate budget proposals is detailed in the latest Budget Watch from Florida TaxWatch. The nonpartisan taxpayer watchdog group's annual analysis of the initial budgets shows that the largest point of contention between the chambers is in funding the health and human services portion of the budget.

Friday, March 27, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2598)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Honors State Employees at 27th Annual Prudential Productivity Awards

More than 200 state workers honored this year

Hundreds of state employees gathered on Thursday at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in downtown Tallahassee at a luncheon honoring winners of Florida TaxWatch's 2015 Prudential Productivity Awards. The 27th Annual event is designed to highlight and reward state employees who innovatively reduce costs and improve services for Florida taxpayers.

Thursday, March 12, 2015/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2485)/Comments (0)/
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