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February 12, 2016

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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

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

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