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FLORIDA TAXWATCH ANNOUNCES INNOVATIVE WINNERS OF THE 2018 PRUDENTIAL PRODUCTIVITY AWARDS PROGRAM

Florida TaxWatch has announced the winners of the 2018 Prudential Productivity Awards at a press conference in its offices in Tallahassee. Established in 1989, the Prudential Productivity Awards program is designed to highlight and reward state employees who innovatively reduce costs and improve services for Florida taxpayers.
Thursday, May 17, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (209)/Comments (0)/
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REPEALING THE NON-HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION CAP COULD RESULT IN ANNUAL $700 MILLION TAX INCREASE

A new report from the state's independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit government watchdog and taxpayer research institute, Florida TaxWatch, shows that failure to make permanent the non-homestead exemption cap could result in Floridians paying as much as $700 million more in property taxes annually. However, Florida voters will have the chance to protect themselves from higher property taxes by voting “yes” on Amendment 2 this November.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (164)/Comments (0)/
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UNDER REPRESENTATION IN CENSUS COULD COST SUNSHINE STATE MILLIONS, OR EVEN BILLIONS

As the third largest state in the country and one of the fastest growing, the upcoming Federal Census count will be more important to the Sunshine State than nearly any other state.  If Florida is under-represented by the decennial population count, it could cost the state billions of dollars. Although most people think of the 2020 Census as a long way off, Florida’s state and local officials need to immediately start ensuring the accuracy of the count by participating in existing intergovernmental processes to verify addresses and residences.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (95)/Comments (0)/
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PUBLIX VICE CHAIRMAN BARNEY BARNETT HONORED AT FLORIDA TAXWATCH SPRING MEETING

Barney Barnett, Vice Chairman of Publix Super Markets, Inc., was honored on Friday, April 20th during the Florida TaxWatch Spring Meeting Awards in Orlando, FL. Though Mr. Barnett was unable to attend the event, his son Wesley and daughter-in-law Ashley were present to accept his award and to Skype Mr. Barnett into the luncheon. 
Monday, April 30, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (98)/Comments (0)/
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GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG HONORS CFO JEFF ATWATER WITH TAXWATCH CO-FOUNDER PHIL LEWIS AWARD

In 1977, incoming Senate President Phil Lewis approached Mark Hollis, then Vice Chair of Publix Super Markets, Inc., about the need for a line of communication between the business community and the Legislature. From there, the idea for a government watchdog was born, and Florida TaxWatch (then known as the Citizens Council for Budget Research) was created two years later. Senate President Phil Lewis was not only a founder of Florida TaxWatch but a legislative leader dedicated to making the sunshine state a force to be reckoned with.
Monday, April 30, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (90)/Comments (0)/
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FLORIDA TAXWATCH AND FLORIDA STATE HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Today, Florida TaxWatch and the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced a strategic partnership that benefits the taxpaying citizens of Florida. The nature of the strategic partnership is founded on a shared vision of advancing economic vitality and sound public policy. Leaders from both organizations recognized that synergies and common interests currently exist, which can be optimized by working together to achieve their respective missions.
Thursday, April 19, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (151)/Comments (0)/
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FLORIDA TAXWATCH JOINS TAXPAYERS IN CELEBRATING TAXPAYER INDEPENDENCE DAY - APRIL 14TH, 2018

On Saturday, Floridians will celebrate the first day of the year where taxpayers are finally earning money for themselves and not for the tax collector. Taxpayer Independence Day, calculated by Florida TaxWatch, assumes that every dollar earned since January 1 goes to pay federal, state, and local obligations. 
Thursday, April 12, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (177)/Comments (0)/
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CERTIFICATE OF NEED OVERSIGHT RESULTS IN HEALTHY GROWTH IN NUMBER OF HOSPICE PROVIDERS

Florida's elderly population continues to grow at a rapid rate, and so does the number of Hospice enrollees. Hospice is the primary model for end of life care in the United States, and is currently regulated in Florida by a process known as "Certificate of Need." 
Wednesday, April 11, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (192)/Comments (0)/
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FLORIDA TAXWATCH RELEASES 2018 BUDGET TURKEY WATCH REPORT

House and Senate Rules Limit Turkeys but Not Member Projects

Florida TaxWatch's annual independent review of Florida’s FY2018-19 budget, the Budget Turkey Watch Report, was released today. The report promotes additional oversight and integrity in the state’s budgeting process based on the principle that: because money appropriated by the Legislature belongs to the taxpayers of Florida, the process must be transparent and accountable, and every appropriation should receive deliberation and public debate.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (208)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Applauds House for Passage of Proposed Supermajority Constitutional Amendment

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro released the following statement regarding the House's passage of the proposed supermajority constitutional amendment.

Friday, January 26, 2018/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (529)/Comments (0)/
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