Center for Competitive Florida

About the Center

The Center for Competitive Florida analyzes policies and programs that affect Florida's economic growth and competitiveness. Through research into fiscal, economic, and demographic data, the Center makes policy recommendations that enhance Florida’s ability to successfully compete in the global economy. The Center’s work is supported by the Florida Council of Economic Advisors at Florida TaxWatch, a group of eight prominent public and private economists from around the state. 




Recent Center Research
Florida’s Transportation System is Adding More Intermodal Components



10/2014  Florida is taking steps to handle more of the world's trade industry by expanding its intermodal centers, specialized facilities where goods are moved from one form of transportation to another, such as moving a shipping container from a ship to a train or from rail to truck.


NorthWest Florida's Opportunities for Growth



9/2014  State and local economic development professionals, with help from the Florida Legislature, are working to diversify the Panhandle's economy using the area's transportation assets, skilled workforce, and natural coastlines. The Panhandle region is home to three seaports, six military installations, natural coastlines and 1.4 million permanent residents, creating major opportunities for growth in skilled manufacturing, trade and logistics, and tourism


Economic Commentary - College Football: An Economic Driver for Florida's Local Economies



8/2014  On the precipice of college football kickoff, this report highlights the economic benefits of Florida's seven Division I NCAA football teams, and explains how football programs increase revenue for schools and the state as a whole.


Unpacking the Benefits of Florida Tourism



8/2014  Investment in Floridas tourism industry resulted in nearly 76,000 jobs created in 2013, according to this report. The independent analysis shows that the state should meet the goal of attracting 100 million visitors to Florida by 2015, which has a significant impact on job creation in the state.


Economic Commentary: Florida's Mid-Year Job Growth



7/2014  Florida's job growth is steadily improving according to this report, which analyzes job growth data and shows higher job creation numbers for Florida than in the previous year, indicating a healthier state economy.


Ready for Takeoff: Florida Can Lead the Nation in Aircraft Manufacturing



7/2014  Floridas booming aircraft manufacturing industry is helping to diversify the state, according to a new report. The report, Ready for Takeoff: Florida Can Lead The Nation In Aircraft Manufacturing, shows that Florida is the most attractive state for aircraft manufacturing, illustrated by the number of industry companies relocating to the state.


Florida's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Production



6/2014  Florida's favorable agricultural climate positions the state as the second largest produce exporter in the nation, according to a new report, which finds that the farming and processing of Florida produce contributes more than $7.5 billion to the state economy.


Buying in: An analysis of international homebuyers in Florida



6/2014  International home purchasers play an integral role in Florida's housing market, according to this analysis of home sales. This report highlights the nations that have the highest amount of home purchases in the Sunshine State, and projects future home sales.


The Rise of Commuter Rail in Florida



5/2014  Commuter train projects in Florida have generated some economic activity and job growth in Central and South Florida, though major concerns exist for taxpayers around the state, according to this Economic Commentary. The report highlights Orlandos new SunRail project and South Floridas All Aboard Florida commuter rail line, expected to begin operating in 2016.


Florida's Home Construction Recovery



4/2014  Increased demand for new home construction is evidence that Florida is continuing its strong recovery from the Great Recession, according to this report. Housing starts are a leading economic indicator which reflects increased consumer demand.


Commercializing Florida's Public Research



3/2014  Florida's universities and research institutes are creating of some of the states most advanced technologies, but one Florida Institute is helping to bring them to the masses. The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research, highlighted in this Economic Commentary, invests in developing companies using the latest products and processes invented at Florida's publicly-funded universities and research institutes.


Economic Impact Evaluation of a Proposed Honeybee Research and Extension Laboratory in Florida



3/2014  A new honeybee research facility could make Florida a global leader in agricultural research and is estimated to return more than $1 million in state tax revenue to Florida. The proposed facility, to be established at the University of Florida, would attract research revenue as well as help recruit and retain top researchers and students.


Florida's University Research Parks



2/2014  Florida's nine university research parks help create high-wage jobs, diversify the state economy and ensure Florida retains top graduates, according to this month's Economic Commentary. The report highlights the importance of Florida's research parks to the creation and sustainability of STEM jobs in the state.


Florida's 2013 Job Growth



1/2014  Florida's growing economy created an estimated 192,900 private sector jobs in 2013, according to this annual jobs report. The 2013 growth rates show Florida leading the nations high-population states with the largest per-capita increase in jobs. The state also saw the second-largest yearly percentage increase in non-farm employment in the nation with a 2.6 percent growth rate.


Diversifying Florida's Economy Through Local Economic Development



1/2014  This report shows that all economic development strategies are not created equal, and details the spillover effects of several popular economic development projects. Although each local community must address its individual economic needs, the report shows that targeting certain areas of economic growth produce higher return on investment.


Economic Commentary - Growing Florida Startup Companies



12/2013  This Economic Commentary highlights the opportunities angel investment provides to Florida startups and small businesses. Angel investor networks help entrepreneurs connect with the resources and capital they require to become successful companies that can have a significant impact on local and state economies.


The Effect of Changes in the National Flood Insurance Program on Florida



11/2013  This Economic Commentary recommends that the required analysis be completed to determine the impact of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act. Removal of the subsidies could affect home values and purchasing patterns, potentially resulting in reduced tax receipts from local property tax collections. To determine if the impact will be substantial, the report recommends the Federal Emergency Management Agency conduct the required affordability study prior to implementation of the Act.


What the Government Shutdown & Debt Ceiling Crisis Mean to Florida



10/2013  The federal government shutdown is negatively affecting tax revenues and capital investment in Florida, according to this report, which outlines the potential impacts an extended shutdown would have on Florida's economy.


Economic Commentary - Shaping the Future of Florida Transportation & Logistics



9/2013  This Economic Commentary looks at the Florida Trade and Logistics Study, the first transportation study in Florida that took into account such a wide variety of stakeholders and system components. The second iteration of the study is expected in the next few months.


Economic Commentary - Florida: The Fishing Capital of the World



8/2013  According to this months Economic Commentary, in 2013, more than 1.2 million non-residents fished during a visit to Florida. In addition to attracting anglers from around the world to fish, Florida hosts boating and fishing expos throughout the year, drawing visitors and their tax dollars to the state economy. Florida's unique location and variety of fishing opportunities position the state as the world leader in sport fishing tourism.


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Center Director
Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D.


Center Advisory Board

  CHAIRMAN

Sen. George LeMieux
Gunster

Mr. William E. Carlson Jr.
Tucker/Hall

Mr. Doug Davidson
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

Mr. Jon Ferrando
AutoNation, Inc.

Mr. J. Charles Gray
GrayRobinson, P.A.

Mr. Clayton Hollis
Hollis & Sons

Governor Bob Martinez
Holland & Knight

Mr. Dave McIntosh
Bluefield Ranch Mitigation Bank Trust

Ms. Sharon Merchant
The Merchant Strategy, Inc.

Mr. James M. Repp
Avmed Health Plans

Ms. Michelle Robinson
Verizon

Mr. David A. Smith
PSS World Medical (Ret.)

Honorable Michael Sole
Florida Power & Light

Mr. Nathan Wilson
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

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Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D.

Dr. Jerry D. Parrish is the Chief Economist and the Director of the Center for Competitive Florida at Florida TaxWatch. Florida TaxWatch is a statewide non-profit, non-partisan taxpayer research institute. Dr. Parrish is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Masters in Applied Economics Program at Florida State University.  He earned an M.B.A. from Bellarmine University, an M.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University. He regularly publishes articles on the Florida economy, Florida’s competitiveness, Florida’s property and casualty insurance system, and other economic topics of interest to Floridians.  

Dr. Parrish previously served as the Associate Director of the Center for Economic Forecasting & Analysis (CEFA) at Florida State University. Prior to joining TaxWatch, he spent several years in management roles for large international companies.

    Center Research


    Florida’s Transportation System is Adding More Intermodal Components
    10/2014 Florida is taking steps to handle more of the world's trade industry by expanding its intermodal centers, specialized facilities where goods are moved from one form of transportation to another, such as moving a shipping container from a ship to a train or from rail to truck.


    Budget Watch - Small Surplus Projected for Next Florida State Budget
    10/2014 Florida lawmakers are expected to have a small budget surplus when they come to Tallahassee in 2015. State economists have predicted that funding a continuation budget next year will leave $336.2 million in available General Revenue funds. This is the fourth surplus in four years, despite being less than half of the surplus in fiscal year 2013-14.


    NorthWest Florida's Opportunities for Growth
    9/2014 State and local economic development professionals, with help from the Florida Legislature, are working to diversify the Panhandle's economy using the area's transportation assets, skilled workforce, and natural coastlines. The Panhandle region is home to three seaports, six military installations, natural coastlines and 1.4 million permanent residents, creating major opportunities for growth in skilled manufacturing, trade and logistics, and tourism


    INFOGRAPHIC - Labor Day 2014
    9/2014 This infographic shows job growth in Florida over the past year.


    Economic Commentary - College Football: An Economic Driver for Florida's Local Economies
    8/2014 On the precipice of college football kickoff, this report highlights the economic benefits of Florida's seven Division I NCAA football teams, and explains how football programs increase revenue for schools and the state as a whole.


    Budget Watch - General Revenue Estimating Conference
    8/2014 When the 2015 Legislature convenes in Tallahassee, it is expected to have nearly $30 billion in General Revenue to create the state budget for FY 2015-16. However, after this month's GR Estimating Conference, the new General Revenue projection is $141.6 million less than previously thought.


    Unpacking the Benefits of Florida Tourism
    8/2014 Investment in Floridas tourism industry resulted in nearly 76,000 jobs created in 2013, according to this report. The independent analysis shows that the state should meet the goal of attracting 100 million visitors to Florida by 2015, which has a significant impact on job creation in the state.


    Seaport Governance Models
    7/2014 Florida seaports are performing very well under a decentralized governance model, managing and meeting their local needs while implementing a state level strategy to holistically enhance Floridas economic climate, according to this joint report from Florida TaxWatch and the Florida Ports Council.


    Legislation Affecting Florida Revenues
    7/2014 All the bills passed by the 2014 Legislature have now been evaluated by the state's revenue estimators, resulting in a revenue reduction of more than $550 in the current fiscal year. Local revenues will be reduced by $41.5 million and $37.0 million. Despite the declining revenue estimates, the reduction still leaves $1.65 billion in general revenue reserves for the fiscal year, according to the July Budget Watch.


    Economic Commentary: Florida's Mid-Year Job Growth
    7/2014 Florida's job growth is steadily improving according to this report, which analyzes job growth data and shows higher job creation numbers for Florida than in the previous year, indicating a healthier state economy.


    Ready for Takeoff: Florida Can Lead the Nation in Aircraft Manufacturing
    7/2014 Floridas booming aircraft manufacturing industry is helping to diversify the state, according to a new report. The report, Ready for Takeoff: Florida Can Lead The Nation In Aircraft Manufacturing, shows that Florida is the most attractive state for aircraft manufacturing, illustrated by the number of industry companies relocating to the state.


    Pocket Guide to the FY2014-15 Florida State Budget
    7/2014 On July 1, Florida began operating under it's largest-ever state budget. At $77 billion, the budget funds core services that citizens depend and rely on, but it can be challenging to understand. Floridians now have help in understanding the state budget thanks to Florida TaxWatch. The Florida TaxWatch Taxpayer's Pocket Guide to Florida's FY2014-15 State Budget highlights spending in each of the budget areas and provides a look back at Florida's fiscal growth.


    Florida's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Production
    6/2014 Florida's favorable agricultural climate positions the state as the second largest produce exporter in the nation, according to a new report, which finds that the farming and processing of Florida produce contributes more than $7.5 billion to the state economy.


    Buying in: An analysis of international homebuyers in Florida
    6/2014 International home purchasers play an integral role in Florida's housing market, according to this analysis of home sales. This report highlights the nations that have the highest amount of home purchases in the Sunshine State, and projects future home sales.


    The Rise of Commuter Rail in Florida
    5/2014 Commuter train projects in Florida have generated some economic activity and job growth in Central and South Florida, though major concerns exist for taxpayers around the state, according to this Economic Commentary. The report highlights Orlandos new SunRail project and South Floridas All Aboard Florida commuter rail line, expected to begin operating in 2016.


    2014 Legislative Wrapup
    5/2014 The 2014 Session has come to a close, and this Florida TaxWatch report details all of the issues that we followed this year.


    Florida's Home Construction Recovery
    4/2014 Increased demand for new home construction is evidence that Florida is continuing its strong recovery from the Great Recession, according to this report. Housing starts are a leading economic indicator which reflects increased consumer demand.


    FY2014-15 House and Senate Budget Comparison
    4/2014 This BudgetWatch report compares the FY2014-15 House and Senate budgets in each spending area, and shows the change versus the current fiscal year.


    Commercializing Florida's Public Research
    3/2014 Florida's universities and research institutes are creating of some of the states most advanced technologies, but one Florida Institute is helping to bring them to the masses. The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research, highlighted in this Economic Commentary, invests in developing companies using the latest products and processes invented at Florida's publicly-funded universities and research institutes.


    How Florida Compares - State Tax Rankings
    3/2014 Florida's state government tax burden is one of the lowest in the nation, but when local government is included, the ranking goes much higher, according to this report, which shows that the states per capita state and local revenue collections rank 33rd in the nation.


    March 2014 Budget Watch
    3/2014 Already enjoying what is called a more than $1 billion budget surplus to appropriate during the 2014 Legislative Session, lawmakers were given another $150 million by the latest General Revenue (GR) Estimating Conference. This Budget Watch report for this coming fiscal year examines the latest round of estimating conferences by state economists and recommends that the Legislature still consider this a tight budget year and continue to implement cost-saving reforms such as those identified by the TaxWatch Center for Government Efficiency.


    Economic Impact Evaluation of a Proposed Honeybee Research and Extension Laboratory in Florida
    3/2014 A new honeybee research facility could make Florida a global leader in agricultural research and is estimated to return more than $1 million in state tax revenue to Florida. The proposed facility, to be established at the University of Florida, would attract research revenue as well as help recruit and retain top researchers and students.


    Evaluating Opportunities in Expanding Outdoor Advertising
    3/2014 Many local governments in Florida have taken advantage of the practice of selling advertising on local transit vehicles and bus shelters, similar to the recommendations made by Florida TaxWatch in multiple cost-savings reports. TaxWatch evaluates allowing advertising on the boxes that house traffic signal controllers in this Report.


    Critical Connections to Care
    3/2014 Statewide expansion of telemedicine could save Florida more than $1 billion annually, according to this TaxWatch report. The report highlights the importance of removing barriers and including incentives for encouraging the use of telemedicine through the creation of a solid policy foundation.


    Florida's University Research Parks
    2/2014 Florida's nine university research parks help create high-wage jobs, diversify the state economy and ensure Florida retains top graduates, according to this month's Economic Commentary. The report highlights the importance of Florida's research parks to the creation and sustainability of STEM jobs in the state.


    Florida's 2013 Job Growth
    1/2014 Florida's growing economy created an estimated 192,900 private sector jobs in 2013, according to this annual jobs report. The 2013 growth rates show Florida leading the nations high-population states with the largest per-capita increase in jobs. The state also saw the second-largest yearly percentage increase in non-farm employment in the nation with a 2.6 percent growth rate.


    Diversifying Florida's Economy Through Local Economic Development
    1/2014 This report shows that all economic development strategies are not created equal, and details the spillover effects of several popular economic development projects. Although each local community must address its individual economic needs, the report shows that targeting certain areas of economic growth produce higher return on investment.


    Budget Watch - Governor's Proposed Budget - FY2014-15
    1/2014 Highlights from Governor Rick Scott's proposed budget plan for FY 2014-15 are featured in this Budget Watch Report. The $74.20 billion spending plan is slightly lower than current year spending, even as lawmakers are expected to have their first budget surplus in many years.


    Economic Commentary - Growing Florida Startup Companies
    12/2013 This Economic Commentary highlights the opportunities angel investment provides to Florida startups and small businesses. Angel investor networks help entrepreneurs connect with the resources and capital they require to become successful companies that can have a significant impact on local and state economies.


    The Effect of Changes in the National Flood Insurance Program on Florida
    11/2013 This Economic Commentary recommends that the required analysis be completed to determine the impact of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act. Removal of the subsidies could affect home values and purchasing patterns, potentially resulting in reduced tax receipts from local property tax collections. To determine if the impact will be substantial, the report recommends the Federal Emergency Management Agency conduct the required affordability study prior to implementation of the Act.


    Modern Management & Sensible Savings
    11/2013 This Report, from the TaxWatch Center for Government Efficiency, highlights more than $1 billion in savings for Florida taxpayers, without reducing state-provided services. The six comprehensive recommendations included in the Report address replacement of the state’s accounting system; information technology governance, procurement and state asset management; pension reform; criminal justice reform; state health insurance reforms; and revenue maximization.


    What the Government Shutdown & Debt Ceiling Crisis Mean to Florida
    10/2013 The federal government shutdown is negatively affecting tax revenues and capital investment in Florida, according to this report, which outlines the potential impacts an extended shutdown would have on Florida's economy.


    Economic Commentary - Shaping the Future of Florida Transportation & Logistics
    9/2013 This Economic Commentary looks at the Florida Trade and Logistics Study, the first transportation study in Florida that took into account such a wide variety of stakeholders and system components. The second iteration of the study is expected in the next few months.


    Economic Commentary - Florida: The Fishing Capital of the World
    8/2013 According to this months Economic Commentary, in 2013, more than 1.2 million non-residents fished during a visit to Florida. In addition to attracting anglers from around the world to fish, Florida hosts boating and fishing expos throughout the year, drawing visitors and their tax dollars to the state economy. Florida's unique location and variety of fishing opportunities position the state as the world leader in sport fishing tourism.


    Infographic: Economic Data for the Tallahassee Metropolitan Statistical Area
    7/2013 This infographic shows some of the major economic statistics for Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Gadsden counties. (Note: Designed to be printed on 11x17" paper.)


    Economic Commentary: Florida Businesses and Local Governments Invest In CNG
    7/2013 According to this Economic Commentary, Florida consumes more than 728 billion cubic feet of natural gas annually, 85 percent of which is used by electric utilities. Further, 59 of Florida’s 67 counties have natural gas services available for industrial, commercial and residential use. While Floridians have taken advantage of the benefits of natural gas for electricity purposes, this alternative fuel may provide ample opportunities for both commercial and personal transportation developments.


    Economic Commentary: Florida Companies Train the World
    6/2013 The latest Economic Commentary from Florida TaxWatch highlights Florida's successful Modeling, Simulation and Training (MS&T) sector. Simulation and training exercises replicate life-like situations in a controlled environment, which allows for substantial cost-savings especially important during government sequestration and private sector cutbacks.


    Expanding Florida's Global Economic Footprint
    6/2013 This report illustrates the positive impact of business development and trade missions on Florida's economy, highlighting the opportunities the missions create for Florida businesses, and providing details on the countries that recent delegations have visited.


    Economic Commentary: Foreign Direct Investment in Florida
    5/2013 Florida has ample opportunities for economic expansion by increasing Foreign Direct Investment according to this month’s Economic Commentary from the Florida TaxWatch Center for Competitive Florida. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a physical investment that a foreign company makes when they buy or open businesses in Florida.


    Economic Commentary: Florida's Gulf Research Cooperation
    4/2013 For the past three years, 10 Florida universities and research institutions have been focused on researching the long-term effects of the BP oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico’s marine life, environment, and public health. This month’s Economic Commentary focuses on three Florida university-led entities’ recent research findings and developments, and how these findings make our state stand out in the scientific arena.


    Making Florida a Major Manufacturing State
    4/2013 Encouraging an increase in manufacturing would allow Florida to further diversify its economy and produce more high-wage jobs for Floridians. The Florida Legislature can help diversify Florida’s economy and create more high-wage jobs by eliminating the sales and use tax on machinery and equipment for manufacturing.


    Economic Commentary: Tampa Bay: Becoming an Export-Oriented Economy
    3/2013 This Economic Commentary looks at the opportunities for increasing Tampa Bays export industry, and the new cooperative work the area is doing with The Brookings Institution as part of a nationwide initiative.


    Economic Commentary: The Disproportionate Effect of Sequestration on Florida
    2/2013 If the "Sequester" kicks in on March 1, the immediate cuts to the budget authority are $85 billion, and the Congressional Budget Office has indicated that spending will be reduced by $44 billion by the end of September 2013. It is incredibly important that everyone understands how detrimental these cuts will be to U.S.’s fourth largest economy and to its recovery from the Great Recession. This Economic Commentary details some of the effects of these automatic federal spending cuts on Florida.


    Legislature Should Reduce Florida's Communications Services Tax
    2/2013 This Briefing looks at the history of the CST in Florida, compares Florida's rates to other states, finding that Florida is the fourth-highest state in the U.S. for this tax, and recommends that the Legislature look to reduce CST rates to "benefit a wide range of Floridians, affecting virtually all individuals and businesses."


    Aligning Postsecondary Education with Modern Employment Needs in Florida
    2/2013 To address the steps that Florida has taken and should continue to take to match our graduates to the industries that need a workforce with skill-specific education, this Briefing looks at two aspects of the issue: how the right degree can make a difference in lifetime earning potential, and how Florida’s Supply and Demand Portal can help students and employers achieve their goals.


    Economic Commentary - Florida's 2012 Job Growth
    1/2013 This month's Economic Commentary focuses on job growth in Florida during 2012. The analysis shows that Florida has continued its recovery from its most recent recession, showing strong job creation in a significant number of sectors.


    Investing in Tourism: the Economic Impact of Expanding Florida Tourism
    1/2013 The economic modeling done in this Report, looking at the impact of investing more in Florida's tourism industry, indicates that the Florida tourism industry reaching the milestone of 100 million annual visitors would create 121,298 jobs, and increase overall personal income for Floridians by $5.3 billion.


    Government Cost Savings Task Force Report for FY2013-14
    1/2013 Continuing a legacy that has resulted in the savings of at least $3.5 billion in Floridians' hard-earned tax dollars over the last four years alone, Florida TaxWatch added more than $1 billion in cost-saving options for lawmakers this year, with the release of this Report. This year's Report is the fifth in as many years from Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute and government watchdog headquartered in Tallahassee.


    Florida is Growing with Biosciences
    12/2012 This month's Economic Commentary focuses on the growing bioscience industry in Florida, which is bringing high-wage job opportunites to Florida faster than almost any other state.


    Economic Commentary- Florida's Space Coast: Recovery and the Future
    11/2012 This month’s Economic Commentary focuses on the aerospace industry in Florida following the closure of the Space Shuttle program at NASA. According to Enterprise Florida, the state ranks 2nd nationally for aviation, aerospace, and space establishments, employing some 83,200 Floridians, and providing a significant amount of the high tech manufacturing jobs in the state. With private and tourist-centered space travel on the very near horizon, the Commentary looks at what Florida is doing to keep this vital sector active in the Sunshine State.


    Economic Commentary - Peeling Back the Florida Orange Industry
    10/2012 This month's Economic Commentary looks at the economic impact of Florida's orange industry. Florida produces more oranges than any other U.S. state, totaling more than 71 percent of the U.S. supply during the 2010-11 season. Overall citrus production has an impact of $9 billion per year on the Florida economy.


    Budget Outlook (Long-Range Financial Outlook)
    9/2012 The September 2012 Florida TaxWatch Budget Outlook provides details on the revenue projections, how much spending is expected to increase, and a look at Critical and High Priority Needs items within that expected increase.


    Economic Commentary - Florida Invests in Competitiveness
    9/2012 This month’s Economic Commentary discusses how Florida is investing in seaport and related infrastructure more than at any other time in our history, to diversify Florida’s economy and make our state more competitive. This new infrastructure will allow Florida companies to be more efficient handling freight, and will allow additional opportunities for companies to transport their goods to markets in and out of Florida.


    Economic Commentary-The Effect of the Midwest Drought on Florida
    8/2012 With counties in 32 states placed on the USDA's list of primary disaster areas because of drought conditions, this month's Economic Commentary looks at the effects of the drought on food, and potentially fuel, prices. Corn is currently at the highest per-ton cost in history, which will lead to increases in commodities like milk, meat, and eggs for us all.


    Economic Commentary- Florida's Business Cycle Revisited
    7/2012 This Economic Commentary is an extension of the June 2011 Economic Commentary, which discussed how Florida’s business cycle is different from other states, and the U.S. business cycle. The most recent updated index figures indicate that "Florida has experienced positive growth in the index for each month since January 2010."


    Economic Commentary- Foreign Buyers of Florida Homes
    6/2012 While we typically think of Florida as a top destination for U.S. citizens looking to buy homes, Florida the top state in the U.S. for attracting foreign homebuyers. This month's Economic Commentary looks at the impact of foreign buyers on Florida's home sales and spotlights our biggest international real estate investors, Canada.


    Fiscal and Economic Impact of Amendment 4
    6/2012 A proposed Constitutional Amendment on the November 2012 ballot would create Florida jobs, grow Florida’s Gross Domestic Product, and increase the personal income of Floridians, according to this new analysis from the TaxWatch Center for Competitive Florida


    Economic Commentary- Greece, the Euro Zone, and Florida
    5/2012 Recent financial volatility in Europe, combined with a potential European banking crisis, may cause more than one country to leave the Euro. May's Economic Commentary examines the factors that may destabilize the Euro, and the resulting effect on Florida.


    Florida's Top Ten Largest Public Employers by County
    5/2012 The Briefing surveys the significance of public-sector employment in Florida counties by examining the ten largest employers per county, and finds that public employers are the top employer (by number of employees) in 51 of the 67 counties in Florida, and one of the top five employers in every single county in the state.


    Economic Commentary- The Effect of High Gas Prices on the Florida Economy
    4/2012 April's Economic Commentary focuses on the tangible effect of the price of gasoline on the average Florida consumer, and shows an impact on disposable income, travel, and even incoming tourists. Gas prices are still not as high as their peak in July 2008, but are on the rise again going into the summer driving season. How will this effect Florida's economic recovery?


    Economic Commentary- When Will Economic Growth Accelerate?
    3/2012 This Economic Commentary focuses on the importance of capital investment for economic recovery, the impact of volatility on that investment, and the effect of investment on productivity. The piece concludes that the decrease in volatility in the US markets should lead to increases in investment, and faster growth.


    Economic Commentary: Unemployment & the Florida Workforce
    2/2012 "February's Economic Commentary focuses on unemployment in Florida as compared to the nation as a whole, and within specific demographic groups and their educational levels inside our state in 2011 vs. 2010. The Commentary also discusses possible solutions to the current situation, and trends to keep an eye on."


    Proper Collection of Remote/Internet Sales Tax
    2/2012 "Continuing ten years of research on this issue, this short piece was produced to call attention to the ""remote sales tax"" or ""e-fairness"" issue which will likely come before the Legislature again in 2013."


    Economic Commentary: Florida's 2011 Job Growth
    1/2012 "January's Economic Commentary focuses on job growth in Florida in the last year. Our state created the 3rd-most jobs of any state, following only California and Texas in the number of jobs created."


    Economic Commentary: Florida's Economic Year in Review
    12/2011 "December's Economic commentary compares 2011 to 2010 using data that drives the Florida economy, primarily employment and unemployment figures. The commentary also examines the health of factors expected to play a key role in the state's economy. "


    Economic Commentary: Angel and Venture Capital in Florida
    11/2011 "The funding options available for Florida's budding entrepreneurs are analyzed in this Economic Commentary. Angel and Venture Capital is available, but takes many forms, and obtaining it can be a tortuous journey. "


    Economic Commentary: Florida's Business Incubators
    10/2011 "This Economic Commentary examines the state's wide range of business incubators, which are designed to provide small companies with business support during their formative stages. New incubators are now in the works with the goal of helping Florida create and retain jobs. "


    Economic Commentary: Florida's Universities and Technology Transfer
    9/2011 "From Gatorade to the chemotherapy drug Taxol, some of the nation's most recognizable inventions are from Florida's University system. This report shows how the process works and which universities account for the most inventions. "


    Economic Commentary: Florida Retains 'AAA' Rating while Outlook Improves to 'Stable'- Despite U.S. Downgrade
    8/2011 This commentary shows how Florida fared relative to the rest of the nation after the Standard & Poors downgrade of the U.S credit rating.


    Continuous Process Improvement:' Reducing the Costs of Doing Business in Florida by Creating 'World Class' Regulatory Processes
    8/2011 "This report explores the wide-ranging ramifications of regulations: We need the protection they provide, but the costs of such regulations could restrict business development. "


    Estimated Job Growth in Florida Previous recoveries offer clues for next12 months -150-000 jobs estimate
    8/2011 The past is indeed prologue when it comes to forecasting Florida's economic outlook. This report shows how past recessions hint at how the recovery is likely to play out.


    Manufacturing: An Economic Driver for Jobs and Florida's Future
    8/2011 "Citrus and beaches define Florida's image, but manufacturing must play a major role to ease Florida's move into the global economy. This report examines barriers to manufacturing growth and recommends changes to the state's economic development policy. "


    Economic Commentary: Florida and the Financial Situation in Europe
    7/2011 "As this commentary shows us, reverberations from the volatile economies of the Euro Zone could have a chilling effect on some of Florida's most precious commodities. "


    Economic Commentary: Florida's Business Cycle
    6/2011 "For more than a decade, Florida's economy has marched to a different tune than the U.S. economy. This commentary explains why that's the case and what it means for the future. "


    Economic Commentary: U.S. Dollar Index at 3-Year Low
    5/2011 This commentary compares the value of the U.S. dollar with the currencies of our primary trading partners. Recent years have shown considerable fluctuation.


    State Competitiveness Indices & Rankings: What National Rankings Tell Us about Florida's Competitiveness
    3/2011 "From corporate tax to personal income tax to property tax, this report shows how Florida compares to southeastern states as well as the nation. "


    Mitigating Unemployment Comp Tax Increases Facing Employers Using Cost Saving Recommendations to Help Pay Federal Loan Obligations and Enacting Reforms Can Help
    3/2011 The high cost of unemployment hit the state coffers hard. This report shows what happens when the state paid out more in unemployment benefits than it collected in the trust fund used to provide benefits to jobless Floridians.


    Analysis of the Impact on Retail Sales in NW Florida from the Gulf Oil Spill
    12/2010 The timing of the oil spill could not have been worse for NW Florida retailers and this analysis shows how those retail losses cascaded through other economic sectors in the region.


    Borrowing Short-Term Federal Money to Pay Unemployment Benefits Will Help Boost Florida's Economy and Generate Jobs
    3/2010 "Due to the record level of unemployment, the state Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund has been paying out more for unemployment benefits than what it has been collecting from employers. This Special Report shows how funding the unemployment benefits with additional federal loans could alleviate the situation. "


    Five or Even Six Good Things About Florida's Economy (Presentation)
    2/2010 "From higher manufacturing profits to improving business inventories, this PowerPoint presentation shows some areas doing well in an otherwise down economy. "


    Recap of Five Good Things About Florida's Economy Forum
    2/2010 A rebounding housing market and renewed entrepreneurial spirit are some of the positive aspects in an otherwise bleak Florida economy.


    Recommendations for Boosting Investment- Economic Growth- and Job Creation in Florida
    1/2010 The recession is being felt more acutely in Florida than in the nation as a whole. This briefing traces its causes and shows how structural changes in the state's economy are influencing economic development as well as jobs.


    International Trade: A New Pillar of Florida's Economy?
    11/2009 New forces that are reshaping the world economy?the presumed decline of the dollar and an emerging Brazil?could have a major influence on Florida's economic future.


    The Current Recession in Florida: Comparative Information and Data on the Worst Economic Downturn since the1930s
    8/2009


    State Competitiveness Indexes and Rankings: What They Tell Us about Florida's Competitiveness and Future
    7/2009 There is no shortage of rankings by which to measure Florida against other states. This economic commentary examines several of them and shows how the Sunshine state measures up to the competition.


    Single Sales Factor Presentation before the Senate Select Committee on Florida's Economy
    4/2009 This PowerPoint presentation makes the case for altering Florida's corporate income tax as a means of promoting capital formation and enhancing employment opportunities.


    Proposed Economic Stimulus Projects Bring $15.2 Billion to Florida Over Three Years
    3/2009 "From transportation to education to housing, this research report examines some of the key sectors of the Florida economy that stand to benefit from federal stimulus funds. "


    Money for Unemployment Compensation from the Federal Economic Stimulus Take it or Leave it?
    3/2009 "This report, written independently of Florida TaxWatch, presents side-by-side Pro and Con opinion pieces on whether Florida should accept federal stimulus funds for unemployment compensation. "


    The One-Two Punch that Could Roll Back Workers' Compensation Reforms
    3/2009 "The Workers' Compensation Reform Act of 2003 is under siege. This report, written independently of Florida Taxwatch, explains how court rulings on the Act could have far-reaching effects. "


    How Much Revenue Will the Seminole Gaming Compact Provide For Florida?
    3/2009 Casino revenues have far reaching impacts on other business and government revenues. This Research report details the economic side of the compact as currently written.


    Economic Impact Analysis of Florida's Manufacturing Sector
    3/2009 "Manufacturing output in Florida has grown exponentially since 1977, while employment in the state's manufacturing sector has grown much less. This Special Report looks at the various factors, including foreign competition, that impact the manufacturing sector. "


    Special Session is Needed to Clarify Corporate Income Tax Law
    11/2008


    The Global Financial Crisis and the Florida Economy: One Year Later
    9/2008


    Mid-Year Economic Update for the Florida Economy
    7/2008


    Testing the Great Moderation
    6/2008


    Business Taxation in Florida: Still a Threat to Florida's Competitiveness
    5/2008


    Searching for a Bottom
    4/2008


    Economic Challenges Facing Florida s Economy and the Benefits of Economic Stimulus
    4/2008


    Florida's Labor Market Flexibility: A Good Sign in Difficult Times
    2/2008


    Fiscal Stimulus: A Recession Antidote?
    1/2008


    The 2008 Florida Economic Outlook
    12/2007


    A Free Cuba and the Florida Economy
    11/2007


    Metropolitan GDP : A New Measure of Local Economic Activity
    10/2007


    Global Financial Fragility and the Florida Economy
    9/2007


    Mid-Year Update on the Florida Economy
    7/2007


    On Indian Casino Compacts
    7/2007


    Florida s Tipping Point: Balancing Physical & Economic Security Post 9-11
    6/2007


    Model Predicts Florida Economy Will Gain By Property Tax Cut Without Changing Sales Tax
    5/2007


    Business Taxation in Florida: A Growing Threat to Our Competitiveness
    5/2007


    Legislature Should Provide a Meaningful Reduction in the State Communications Services Tax
    4/2007


    Florida Needs a Better Method to Estimate Tourism's Economic Impact
    3/2007


    Economic Commentary- North and South
    3/2007


    Economic Commentary- The Florida Economy in 2007
    1/2007


    Affordable Housing in Florida
    11/2006


    Unintended Consequences
    9/2006


    The Florida Economy at Mid-Year 2006
    8/2006


    Rising Labor Productivity Bodes Well for Florida's Economy
    6/2006


    The Initial Price Impact of Closing the Production of Crushed Rock in the Lake Belt Region of Miami-Dade County
    6/2006


    Immigration and Florida s Economy
    5/2006


    Florida s Booming International Trade
    3/2006


    The Impact of Tourism on Florida's Economy: Telling a More Complete Story
    3/2006


    The Cost of Living in Florida: What the Consumer Price Index Is and Isnt Telling Us
    2/2006


    2006 Outlook for the Florida Economy
    1/2006


    Termites in Florida s Basement: The Economic Impact of National Policy on Florida s Economy
    12/2005


    Behind the Florida Jobs Machine
    11/2005


    Is There a Bubble in Your House?
    8/2005


    The Less Risky Florida Economy
    7/2005


    Florida Advancing in the Knowledge Economy
    6/2005


    Sales Tax Exemptions for Manufacturing and Research Development Would Provide Florida With Needed Economic Development Tools
    4/2005


    Funding New Biomedical Research Center is an Ideal Use of Florida's Federal Economic Development Funds
    10/2003


    $20 Million Needed Now to Bring Back Florida Tourism
    4/2003


    A Significant Reduction in Workers' Compensation Costs Would Be a Boon to the Economy- Creating13-000 New Jobs
    4/2003


    Challenges and Constructive Suggestions to Successfully Guide Florida's Fiscal Ship of State
    11/2002


    Sales Tax Holiday Provides Real Benefits to Consumers and Florida's Economy
    5/2002


    Florida is Not Alone in 9/11 Revenue Shortfalls
    3/2002


    Florida Must Continue to be Open For Business
    10/2001


    Bold Actions are required to Get Air Tourists Back to Florida!
    10/2001


    Florida's Economic Outlook: Just A Bad Case of the Hiccups?
    5/2001


    Florida's High Tech Corridor: Opening the Door to Florida's Future
    9/2000


    The Benefits and Costs of Tourism to Florida
    8/2000


    Problems Facing Florida's Workers' Compensation Program
    4/2000


    Anticipating the Effects of an Economic Recession on Florida's Budget
    7/1999


    Sales Tax Exemption for Repair of Equipment is a Positive Step in the State's Effort to Promote Florida's Lagging Manufacturing Sector
    4/1999


    Can Limited Government Intervention Improve Market Competition?
    3/1999


    Florida's Investment in High Technology Can Produce Significant Benefits
    4/1998


    Special Report: Assessment of Florida Government Cost Savings Reported by Florida TaxWatch (1980 -1997) by the Office for Needs Assessment and Planning- Florida State University
    11/1997


    State Incentives for Employment of Floridians With Disabilities Should Promote Competition
    8/1997


    Florida's Tourism Promotion Effort Could Eat the State's Seedcorn
    4/1996


    Florida Lottery On-Line Games Contract Up for Bid
    9/1995


    Florida's Job Training Programs: What is the Return on Taxpayers' Investment?
    8/1995


    Florida - The Bankruptcy Friendly State
    3/1994


    Preparing Tomorrow's Workforce by Dr. Lanny Larson- Director- Division of Vocational- Adult and Community Education- Florida Department of Education
    12/1993


    To Cure an Ailing Economy- Fix Government's Predilection for Welfare and Elitism by Dr. Neil S. Crispo- Sr. V.P. Research and Operations- Florida TaxWatch
    10/1993


    Recessions in Florida: An Analysis of Job Sector Growth During Recessions and Implications for State Tax Policy
    5/1992


    Promoting Economic Considerations in the State's Rule Making Process: Public Benefits Should Outweigh the Costs
    3/1992


    THE COST OF NOT ACTING: The Economic Impact of Implementing Concurrency Without Funding Transportation
    4/1990


    Florida Economy: Sluggish- Then Bright
    1/1981


    Inflation: Up 90% Florida Spending: Up 202%
    8/1980
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