February 1, 2015

Florida TaxWatch

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

Florida retail sales outpace the nation

Florida retailers are expected to exceed 2013 holiday sales this year, according to an Economic Commentary from Florida TaxWatch; however, increased consumer spending may not benefit Florida retailers like it should due to a tax loophole. Read more »
Published on 11/25/2014

Why Florida should embrace medical tourism

Already a capital of global tourism, Florida has an opportunity to bring even more tourists and more revenue to the state by investing in medical tourism, according to an independent analysis by Florida TaxWatch. Read more »
Published on 10/30/2014

Florida is poised to benefit from new intermodal centers

Expanding the state's ability to move goods and services efficiently will result in lower freight prices for Florida consumers and businesses. Read more »
Published on 10/20/2014

BudgetWatch: Despite budget surplus, lawmakers will face touch choices in 2015

Florida lawmakers are expected to have a small budget surplus when they come to Tallahassee in 2015. Read more »
Published on 10/15/2014

Florida's aging prisoner problem

Florida TaxWatch warns that the steadily growing elderly prison population in state facilities will require more costly medical care, resulting in additional budget concerns for an already struggling Department of Corrections. Read more »
Published on 10/7/2014

Northwest Florida's opportunities for growth

A look at the economy in Northwest Florida -- a region made up of 16 counties with three seaports, six military installations, many military contractors, and 1.4 million permanent residents. Read more »
Published on 9/24/2014

Florida TaxWatch and FSU's Learning Systems Institute name Florida's top six principals

The Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance & Accountability and the Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University announced the top six performing principals in Florida's high-risk public schools. Read more »
Published on 9/4/2014

Football wins equal big bucks for Florida

On the precipice of college football kickoff, a new report from Florida TaxWatch highlights the economic benefits of Florida's seven Division I NCAA football teams. Read more »
Published on 8/28/2014

Florida's total revenue collections expected to surpass pre-recession high

When the 2015 Legislature convenes in Tallahassee, it is expected to have nearly $30 billion in General Revenue to create the state budget for FY 2015-16, according to a Budget Watch from Florida TaxWatch. Read more »
Published on 8/22/2014

Florida groups form pension reform coalition

Florida's influential business advocates and policy groups have formed Taxpayers for Sustainable Pensions, a coalition dedicated to achieving municipal pension reform. Read more »
Published on 8/12/2014

More Florida visitors pay off with jobs

Florida TaxWatch quantifies the jobs created by increased Florida tourism. Read more »
Published on 8/4/2014

Report shows Florida seaports' governance model on par with global leaders

How Florida's seaports compare to U.S. and international models Read more »
Published on 7/31/2014

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