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Statement From Florida TaxWatch President & Ceo Dominic M. Calabro On TaxWatch Supporter Publix Moving Into Fortune 100

Publix Ranks #87 in Fortune's Annual List

Publix Super Markets has long been a Florida treasure. Known for its commitment to its employees and customers, the grocery chain has been serving Florida families since 1930. Today, Fortune announced its annual Fortune 500 list for 2016 and Florida TaxWatch wants to congratulate Publix for moving into the Fortune 100.
Monday, June 06, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1441)/Comments (0)/
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Invest in Students and Teachers, Not Lawsuits and Lawyers

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Florida’s push for education gains should be conducted in the classroom, not the courtroom. A Leon County judge’s sweeping decision this week to protect education options for more than 70,000 students is an historic moment. It is critical that we work together and focus on helping students and teachers by strengthening scholarship and school options for students in need.

Thursday, May 26, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1554)/Comments (0)/
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TaxWatch Report Offers Solutions To Lower Crime With Lower Costs

"Tough on crime" is tough on taxpayers.

Florida TaxWatch has long championed smart justice options that protect taxpayers’ safety and wallets. A new report proposes solutions on how Florida deals with non-violent offenders to reduce costly and unnecessary strain on the state corrections budget and facilities. The report – Lower Costs & Less Crime: Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reform Options for Florida – recommends numerous policy initiatives to promote smarter sentencing, reduce recidivism and save tax dollars, while ensuring a safer Sunshine State.
Thursday, May 19, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1641)/Comments (0)/
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Florida’s State Workers are a Valuable Part of the State’s Daily Life

It is time to recognize them for their hard work and dedication.

From matters of life and death to the future of our economy, state workers play critical roles in making our state the best in the nation to learn, to work and to live. Whether it’s protecting the state’s most vulnerable children from abuse, making sure our colleges and universities are preparing Florida for the future, or planning for smart and efficient use of our taxpayers’ money, state workers are silent heroes in helping our state move forward.

Thursday, April 21, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2500)/Comments (0)/
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Floridians Can Celebrate Taxpayer Independence Day on April 20th

This year's date falls on the same day as 2015, after a short period of coming later in the year.

On April 20th, Floridians will celebrate Taxpayer Independence Day 2016, the first day of the year where taxpayers are no longer working to pay off their tax bill but are working for themselves. This symbolic date, calculated by Florida TaxWatch, assumes that every dollar earned from the start of 2016 went to pay taxes at all levels of government.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1528)/Comments (0)/
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Innovative State Employees Honored With Prudential Productivity Awards, Save Taxpayers Thousands

Cash and plaque awards will be presented to nearly 605 individuals and teams.

Today, Florida TaxWatch announced the 2016 Prudential Productivity Award winners at its Tallahassee office. The program, founded by Florida TaxWatch, has been honoring dedicated state employees since 1989. The Prudential Productivity Awards program recognizes and rewards hard-working state employees who develop and implement innovative cost-saving and efficient improvements.
Friday, April 15, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1600)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Commends Governor Scott on the Signing of Criminal Justice Bills to Slow the Continuous Cycle of Imprisonment

Smart justice reforms are a priority of Florida TaxWatch.

As the nation focuses on making criminal justice reform a reality, Florida continues to make strides in ensuring that Floridians who make mistakes are given a second chance to change their lives, receive a quality education and find a job. Today, Governor Rick Scott signed HB 439 into law, joining HB 1149 and HB 293, which were signed yesterday. These bills will not only save taxpayer dollars, but also slow the flow of Floridians into a cycle that has too often kept them imprisoned rather than provide them with the help they desperately need.
Friday, March 25, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1546)/Comments (0)/
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Latest TaxWatch Report Finds There Is More Than Meets The Eye Behind The Unemployment Rate

The labor force participation rate is a key metric behind properly analyzing the job market.

Florida’s unemployment rate is down almost half from the peak of 11.1 percent during the Great Recession. While the state’s current unemployment rate of 5 percent is good news, the number doesn’t tell the whole story. An underlying factor that determines whether the job market is truly positive is the labor force participation rate (LFPR). The LFPR is the percentage of able-bodied adults aged 16 and over who are either employed or looking for a job. It is considered a more accurate representation of what really is occurring in the job market.
Thursday, March 24, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1461)/Comments (0)/
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Floridians with Disabilities Face Hurdles In Employment

But the Florida Legislature made a concentrated effort to improve job opportunities for Floridians with disabilities.

Florida’s economy has rarely been stronger than it is now with our state’s unemployment at 5 percent and strong growth predicted for the state’s future. However, there is a critical segment being left behind in this economic expansion. Floridians with disabilities account for more than 20 percent of the population, yet only 30 percent of those are employed.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2546)/Comments (0)/
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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 (2505)/Comments (0)/
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