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May 28, 2016

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Floridians can celebrate Taxpayer Independence Day

Florida TaxWatch analysis of Taxpayer Independence Day Read more »
Published on 4/20/2016

The unemployment rate is not the whole story

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). Read more »
Published on 3/24/2016

More sunshine, fewer budget turkeys as lawmakers spend billions of taxpayers' dollars

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. Read more »
Published on 3/18/2016

Pumping savings into the economy

The drop in gasoline prices has sparked debate among economists as to whether or not lower energy costs are an overall positive or negative for the economy. This Economic Commentary from Florida TaxWatch examines the pros and cons of cheap, abundant fuel. Read more »
Published on 2/25/2016

Investing in economic development incentives will boost Florida's economy

Analysis by Florida TaxWatch finds that Florida's competitive tax climate and welcoming weather entice businesses to our state, but Florida must provide targeted incentive packages that will help create high-paying jobs in the Sunshine State as we compete with other states for domestic and global business. Read more »
Published on 2/18/2016

Ports are creating high-paying, high-growth jobs that help all of the Sunshine State

With four of Florida ports among the nation's top 25 container ports and three among the top cruise ports in the world, the economic vitality of Florida's ports should be an important focus of our state leaders. These ports are hubs of commerce and tourism that generate high-paying, sustainable jobs for Floridians while cementing our role and brand as the gateway for the Americas. Read more »
Published on 2/16/2016

Florida's House and Senate are $1 billion apart on budget

There are many differences that must be resolved before Florida's House and Senate reach a final budget agreement. Some of the major differences are: Read more »
Published on 2/9/2016

A sunny economic outlook for Florida in 2016

Improved job growth contributing significantly to the economy. Read more »
Published on 1/18/2016

2015 job growth leads to record-high employment in Florida

With an addition of 240,000 jobs in 2015, Florida continues to rise from the Great Recession, says Florida TaxWatch. Over the past year, all of Florida's major industries have seen strong employment gains. Read more »
Published on 12/27/2015

Florida's fiscal strength ranked 5th best nationally

Florida's fiscal standing grants the state the advantage of financial freedom moving forward. Due to the fact that the state does not carry large amounts of debt, Florida lawmakers can continue to invest in the state, and in new and emerging sectors that can make the state a national leader in areas like manufacturing, allowing Florida to financially stay ahead of the curve. Read more »
Published on 12/1/2015

Florida: The most veteran-friendly state

Home to more than 1.6 million veterans, Florida has provided a number of tax and related benefits to veterans and their families in an effort to become the most veteran-friendly state in the nation. To celebrate Veterans Day, Florida TaxWatch compiled a list of Florida's veteran-friendly policies. Read more »
Published on 11/10/2015

Manufacturing tax exemption critical for economic growth and diversification efforts

An expiring sales tax exemption could have a devastating impact on the state economy, according to new analysis by Florida TaxWatch. Florida manufacturers are exempt from paying taxes on machinery and equipment purchases, but unless lawmakers take action this spring that exemption will disappear, threatening the state's manufacturing sector. Read more »
Published on 11/4/2015

Stemming Florida's physician shortage

Attracting younger physicians to Florida could help close health care access gaps and improve the state economy, according to a report from taxpayer watchdog Florida TaxWatch. The report calls for increasing the number of Graduate Medical Education programs, more commonly known as medical residencies, to attract additional doctors. Read more »
Published on 10/29/2015

Economy heating up in South Florida

Over the past few years, South Florida's economy has seen considerable growth. The talented job pool, coupled with the ideal geographic location, make it an attractive investment option for foreign and domestic investors. Read more »
Published on 9/30/2015

Florida continues to be a top national job creator

Florida continued its strong job-creating streak between June 2014-June 2015, according to a report from Florida TaxWatch. Read more »
Published on 7/30/2015

Investing in tourism results in Florida job growth

Statement from Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy research institute and government watchdog: Read more »
Published on 7/23/2015

Squeezing the greening out of Florida citrus

Despite historic success, Florida's citrus production has declined significantly for two years in a row (38 percent), due in large part to several citrus diseases, including Citrus Greening and Citrus Canker. Read more »
Published on 5/20/2015

Florida poised to be the nation's next high-tech hub

A Central Florida technology research center could help launch the state's high-tech manufacturing industry and ignite economic growth Read more »
Published on 5/19/2015

A state of incarceration: Florida crime & corrections data over time

As Florida's crime rate has fallen, its incarceration rate has climbed Read more »
Published on 4/23/2015

Florida is the World's Port of Call

The cruise industry is uniquely suited to take advantage of Florida's natural attributes. No other state or nation can boast the number of cruise lines, port proximity advantages, and welcoming culture that Florida offers. Read more »
Published on 4/15/2015

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