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Florida TaxWatch Statement on Funding for VISIT FLORIDA and Enterprise Florida

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro released the following statement following the passage of House Bill 1A during Special Session A.
Friday, June 09, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (109)/Comments (0)/
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New Rules Increased Transparency and Accountability for Member Projects, Resulting in Fewer Turkeys

Florida TaxWatch identified 111 appropriation items worth $177.8 million in the 2017-18 Fiscal Year Budget that qualify as “Budget Turkeys.”

Budget Turkeys are items, usually local member projects, that are added to the appropriations bill in during the budget conference that circumvent established competitive review processes. The Budget Turkey label does not signify judgment of a project’s worthiness.
Friday, May 26, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (240)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Reveals Innovative Winners of the 2017 Prudential Productivity Awards Program

203 awards will be conferred upon teams and individuals from across every state agency.

Today, Florida TaxWatch announced the winners of the 2017 Prudential Productivity Awards at a press conference in its offices in Tallahassee. In its 29th rendition, the Prudential Productivity Awards program is designed to highlight and reward state employees who innovatively reduce costs and improve services for Florida taxpayers.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (312)/Comments (0)/
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Statement on the Release of Florida's Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget

The budget comes in at $82.418 billion.

With the release of the fiscal year 2017-18 budget, lawmakers now have 72 hours to read the final proposed budget prior to voting. Florida TaxWatch played an instrumental role in the enactment of the constitutionally required 72 hour "cooling off" period. This allows the public, press and legislators ample time to examine the budget before a vote is cast. The $82.418 billion state budget will fund various state agencies and critical services for all Floridians.
Friday, May 05, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (318)/Comments (0)/
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Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 10

The bill seeks to address the Everglades crisis.

With the passage of Senate Bill 10 yesterday, the state can now begin to address the Everglades problem. This is a huge win for taxpayers, the environment and the state as a whole as the long-term damage of ignoring this would have exponentially ballooned the costs of the crisis.
Wednesday, May 03, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (240)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Statement on Passage of HB 7109

The package includes a cut to the business rent tax.

Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro released the following statement on the HB 7109, which passed the House earlier today.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (322)/Comments (0)/
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Time to Take Immediate Action on Everglades Says Florida TaxWatch

Failure to address problem will hurt Florida's economy and environment.

Continued inaction on the Everglades problem will be a detriment to taxpayers and the future of the state, says the latest report from Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier government watchdog group. The organization finds that if the state does not find a solution to the algae blooms and other problems from diversion of water from Lake Okeechobee, the state, tourism industry, and the overall economy would lose millions in revenues, not to mention the negative health and environmental impacts.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2205)/Comments (0)/
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Latest Florida TaxWatch Report Calls for Cut to the Burdensome Business Rent Tax

The organization calls for a one percent reduction to the tax rate.

Florida TaxWatch's continued call for a cut to the business rent tax (BRT) is echoed again in its latest report. The BRT, the only statewide tax of its kind in the country, requires all Florida businesses to pay the state a six percent tax on commercial leases, with a local option up to an additional two percent. This places a significant and costly burden upon Florida businesses, especially start-ups and smaller companies.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (486)/Comments (0)/
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Statement by Florida TaxWatch President and CEO on House Tax Package

The package includes a cut to the business rent tax.

Ensuring that Florida has a welcoming tax climate for business and residents is crucial in improving the state economy, creating jobs and keeping money in the pockets of hard-working taxpayers. Florida TaxWatch applauds the Florida House for their commitment to this goal through their proposed tax package.
Thursday, March 30, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (354)/Comments (0)/
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Scrapping the Insurance Premium Tax Credit Would Eliminate Jobs for Hard-Working Floridians

Florida’s insurance premium tax code has always provided a preference to in-state insurers in order to promote the development of this sought-after industry.

Legislation filed in the Senate could have a detrimental effect on the insurance industry, which employs more than 200,000 people in Florida. Senate Bill 378 would eliminate the insurance premium tax credit for insurers, the impact of which is highlighted in the latest report by Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier non-partisan government watchdog.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (324)/Comments (0)/
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