July 24, 2014

Florida TaxWatch

Florida's mid-year job growth steady

In mid-July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that 37,400 jobs were created in Florida in June, more net new jobs than any other state in the U.S. Read more »
Published on 7/23/2014

Florida's aircraft manufacturing industry taking off

Florida's booming aircraft manufacturing industry is helping to diversify the state, according to a new report from Florida TaxWatch Florida is the most attractive state for aircraft manufacturing, illustrated by the number of industry companies relocating to the state. Read more »
Published on 7/10/2014

Florida's fresh fruit & vegetable production

Florida's favorable agricultural climate positions the state as the second largest produce exporter in the nation, according to a new report from Florida TaxWatch. Read more »
Published on 6/30/2014

International buyers bolster Florida's housing market

The analysis from Florida TaxWatch projects that Florida is estimated to sell more than 60,000 homes to international buyers through 2016. Read more »
Published on 6/20/2014

The rise of commuter rails in Florida

The current commuter train projects in Florida have generated some economic activity and job growth in Central and South Florida, though major concerns exist for residents living and working near the rail lines and many taxpayers around the state. Read more »
Published on 5/29/2014

Budget Turkey Report for 2014

Florida taxpayers are set to pay $120 million for projects inserted into the budget and not publicly vetted by lawmakers next year, according to the 2014 Budget Turkey Report t from Florida TaxWatch. Read more »
Published on 5/23/2014

Legislative Wrap-Up: What passed and failed for Florida taxpayers in 2014

A new report from Florida TaxWatch highlights the final status and fiscal implications of major legislation considered during the 2014 Legislative Session. Read more »
Published on 5/8/2014

New home construction in Florida indicates growing economy

Housing starts lead the state's economy. Read more »
Published on 4/23/2014

It's Taxpayer Independence Day!

It's Taxpayer Independence Day! Read more »
Published on 4/22/2014

Budget Watch: Comparing Florida's House & Senate Budgets

Florida TaxWatch "Budget Watch" report reveals many significant differences between the House and Senate spending plans, which will have to be ironed out in the last two weeks of session. Read more »
Published on 4/18/2014

Florida overcriminalization costs taxpayers, hurts public safety

Florida could save significant corrections costs by reducing prison sentences for nonviolent offenders, according to data analysis in a new report from Florida TaxWatch. The report, Overcriminalization In Florida, calls... Read more »
Published on 4/9/2014

Florida's growing Alzheimer's population requires more research

Special report, "Florida's Looming Alzheimer's Crisis," calls for additional research into Alzheimer's to prepare for the state's aging population and to seek a viable preventative treatment. Read more »
Published on 4/4/2014

Florida legislative tax cut proposals have big differences

The competing House and Senate tax cut proposals have many differences that need to be worked out, but there are beneficial provisions in both plans. Read more »
Published on 4/2/2014

Commercializing Florida's public research

Florida is investing in developing companies from products and processes that have been invented at Florida's universities and publicly-funded research institutes and that are improving and saving lives. Read more »
Published on 3/26/2014

Changing class size limits in Florida best for students, taxpayers

Changing class size limits in grades 4 through 12 could save Florida $10 billion, says a new report from Florida TaxWatch. Read more »
Published on 3/25/2014

Report: Pay raises for State Attorneys and Public Defenders would save taxpayer money

Florida's Assistant State Attorneys and Assistant Public Defenders are significantly undercompensated, as shown in findings from a Florida TaxWatch research report. Read more »
Published on 3/19/2014

Expanding telemedicine reduces costs, improves access to care

A special report from Florida TaxWatch Read more »
Published on 3/6/2014

University Research Parks in Florida

Florida is home to more university research parks than any other state in the nation. They are an important part of Florida's innovation economy, because they create high-skilled, high-wage jobs, and keep Florida graduates in the state. Read more »
Published on 2/27/2014

Economic Report on Florida's 2013 Job Growth

A special economic report from Florida TaxWatch on Florida's economy in 2013. The report shows how Florida continues to produce private sector jobs at a rate much higher than in 2011 and 2012. For the first time in three years, job gains were noted in all private sector categories. Read more »
Published on 1/30/2014

Florida TaxWatch honors six top-performing principals in Florida high-risk schools

The Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance & Accountability, in partnership with the Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University, honored the six recipients of the 2014 Elite Principals Awards. Read more »
Published on 1/23/2014

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