May 28, 2015

Florida TaxWatch

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

Time to be realistic about ballooning local government pension debt

Local and state government should keep promises to retirees without unfairly burdening the taxpayers of today and tomorrow. Read more »
Published on 4/9/2015

Analysis: Tax cut packages moving through Florida's House and Senate

As Florida House and Senate leaders prepare to negotiate the differences in their budget proposals passed last week, one potential sticking point will be tax cut packages. Read more »
Published on 4/9/2015

Florida Municipal Power Agency Lacks Accountability and Oversight

Greater oversight and additional measures to improve the accountability of the government agency responsible for providing cost-effective electricity to more than two million Floridians are needed, according to a new report from the independent watchdog institute, Florida TaxWatch. Read more »
Published on 3/31/2015

$4 billion dollars separate Florida's House and Senate budget proposals

A more than $4 billion dollar difference between the House and Senate budget proposals is detailed in the latest Budget Watch from Florida TaxWatch. Read more »
Published on 3/27/2015

The Lionfish: Threatening native fish and Florida's fishing industries

The lionfish, native to the Indo-Pacific region, is an invasive species in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean that devours native fish and competes for food with native predators, and represents a threat to several important industries in Florida, including sport and commercial fishing, and to the health of coral reefs and the biodiversity in our waters Read more »
Published on 3/5/2015

The Communications Services Tax: Time for a change

With Florida's Regular Session right around the corner, legislators will once again have the opportunity to provide financial relief to Florida families, especially those of low income. A reduction in the Communication Services Tax (CST) will impact the vast majority of Floridians and businesses. Read more »
Published on 2/16/2015

TaxWatch analyzes Governor Scott's proposed budget

The latest Budget Watch Report from Florida TaxWatch analyzes and explains Governor Rick Scott's proposed $77 billion budget plan for FY 2015-16. Read more »
Published on 2/5/2015

Enterprise Zones fill a vital need in deteriorating communities

Some of Florida's most economically depressed areas are benefitting from a small state economic development program called Enterprise Zones. Read more »
Published on 2/3/2015

Florida sees Solid Job Growth in 2014

For the past four years, the January edition of the monthly Florida TaxWatch Economic Commentary has analyzed the annual Florida employment figures for the previous year. Since the first such analysis in January 2011, Florida has gained approximately 710,200 nonfarm jobs, which equates to a 9.9 percent growth. Read more »
Published on 1/29/2015

Governor Scott's Budget Proposal Makes Smart Investments, But Misses An Opportunity For Savings

Statement from Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy research institute and government watchdog on Governor Rick Scott's budget proposal, released today:... Read more »
Published on 1/29/2015

Florida agencies request small increase in funding for FY2015-16

Legislative Budget Requests (LBRs) would leave general revenue reserves of $2 billion. Read more »
Published on 1/22/2015

Analysis: Investing in second-stage companies would add 25,000 jobs to Florida

GrowFL, a state program designed to grow and develop the biggest job-creating companies in Florida should be expanded, according to a new report from Florida TaxWatch Read more »
Published on 1/13/2015

2015 economic preview for Florida

The Florida economy is expecting a sunny year. Read more »
Published on 1/6/2015

Revenue firms up for 2015 Florida budget

New estimates add $627 million to state's coffers. Read more »
Published on 12/30/2014

Touchdowns, Tackles, and Tax Revenue

No matter which college team wins the National Championship this season, Floridians may be the true champions, as Florida is set to host eight out of the 38 bowl games, more than any other state. Read more »
Published on 12/19/2014

Florida TaxWatch identifies savings potential in state government

State lawmakers will be facing a budget surplus when they return to Tallahassee in the New Year, but a new Florida TaxWatch report could help the surplus climb even higher. Read more »
Published on 12/19/2014

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