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September 23, 2018

Florida TaxWatch

2018 How Florida Compares: Taxes

Florida continues to be a relatively low tax state. Floridians' per capita state and local own source revenue collections total $5,679, the 42nd highest amount among the 50 states. Read more »
Published on 6/20/2018

Florida TaxWatch & FSU Legend Charlie Ward Honor State Employees at 2018 Prudential Productivity Awards

Over the past 29 years, state employees committed to efficiency and innovative thinking have saved more than $10 billion in state dollars. Read more »
Published on 6/7/2018

Repealing Florida's 'Non-Homestead Exemption Cap' could result in annual $700 million tax increase

Since Florida voters passed the non-homestead 10 percent tax cap in 2008, this safeguard has helped to stem the multi-billion dollar tax shift from homestead to non-homestead properties. This cap is scheduled to expire on January 1, 2019, but Florida voters can stop that from happening. Read more »
Published on 5/15/2018

Florida TaxWatch statement on Gov. Scott signing the FY2018-19 budget

Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro released the following statement on Governor Scott signing the budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 – Read more »
Published on 3/16/2018

Latest Florida TaxWatch Budget Watch analyzes additional appropriations

The latest Florida TaxWatch Budget Watch takes a look at the appropriations not in the budget. The 2017 Florida Legislature passed the $82.418 billion General Appropriations Act (GAA), already the largest in the state's history but this is not all the money appropriated this year. Read more »
Published on 7/13/2017

Florida voters are unaware of the Constitutional Revision Commission

A new survey from Florida TaxWatch finds that Florida voters are unaware of the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) and its activities. Read more »
Published on 6/28/2017

New rules increased transparency and accountability for member projects, resulting in fewer turkeys

The 2017 Florida TaxWatch Budget Turkey Watch Report, produced annually by the non-profit, non-partisan government watchdog, has identified 111 appropriation items worth $177.8 million in the 2017-18 Fiscal Year Budget that qualify as “Budget Turkeys.” Read more »
Published on 5/30/2017

Time to take immediate action on Everglades, says Florida TaxWatch

Continued inaction on the Everglades problem will be a detriment to taxpayers and the future of the state, says the latest report from Florida TaxWatch, the state's premier government watchdog group. Read more »
Published on 4/18/2017

Today is 'Taxpayer Indpendence' day in Florida

After 107 days, hard-working Floridians have reached "Taxpayer Independence" day, Monday, April 17, 2017 Read more »
Published on 4/17/2017

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Can Invade Taxpayers' Wallets Too

Antibiotics have changed the face of healthcare – reducing mortality and improving the quality of life for millions of people worldwide. However, the overuse of these powerful tools of intervention has led to antibiotic resistance that now threatens the future of our health and costs taxpayers, businesses, and the healthcare system millions each year in treatment expenses and lost productivity. Read more »
Published on 3/2/2017

Sales tax holidays beneficial for Florida taxpayers, businesses

The latest report by the non-profit, non-partisan government watchdog Florida TaxWatch finds that Florida's sales tax holidays are beneficial to Florida taxpayers and businesses, while any decrease in sales tax revenue for the state is offset by growth revenue. Read more »
Published on 2/9/2017

Florida's 2016 job growth shows continued success

Florida's job growth in 2016 has brought the state's employment numbers to an all-time high, according to a new report released today by Florida TaxWatch, the state's premier nonpartisan, nonprofit government watchdog. Read more »
Published on 2/6/2017

Economic Preview 2017: Florida on path to sustainable growth

Report from Florida TaxWatch says 2017 should bring sustained growth to the Sunshine State as people continue to find jobs and payrolls increase. Read more »
Published on 12/21/2016

Bees are crucial to Florida's environment, agriculture and economy

Bees, please don't buzz off! Read more »
Published on 11/1/2016

Florida TaxWatch supports more telehealth in Florida

“We are pleased that the Telehealth Advisory Council is moving forward in its goals to find policy solutions to telehealth expansion in Florida. Telehealth expansion would result in billions of dollars of savings for Florida taxpayers and is a recommendation of the Government Efficiency Task Force,” said Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro. Read more »
Published on 10/28/2016

Why Florida ranks last in the nation in federal grant funding

Florida continues to receive far less than its fair share of federal grant dollars, according to the latest Florida TaxWatch report. Florida ranks last in in the nation in per capita federal grants, receiving about $22.8 billion in federal grants in FY2014-15 or about $1,125 for each Floridian. The report also found that Florida pays $1.58 in federal taxes for every $1.00 returned in aid, second highest in the nation. Read more »
Published on 9/15/2016

Pay For Performance Contracting

There are many examples of PFP contracts working in both the private and public sector. Read more »
Published on 9/1/2016

Juvenile pre-arrest diversion programs offer a second chance to offenders

Latest Florida TaxWatch report explains what juvenile pre-arrest diversion programs (JAPDs) are, and how they help offenders while protecting taxpayers. Read more »
Published on 8/25/2016

Understanding Amendment 4: Tax exemptions for solar devices or renewable energy source devices

Amendment 4 would authorize the Legislature to exempt the assessed value of solar or renewable energy source devices from the tangible personal property tax, and to authorize the Legislature to prohibit such devices from being considered in assessing the value of real property. Read more »
Published on 8/19/2016

Sales tax holidays have become Florida tradition and boon to taxpayers, businesses

Few legislative decisions have been as wildly popular as Florida's “sales tax holidays.” They have become more than just a tax break. They are a traditional back-to- school event that families plan for, neighbors talk about and businesses promote. Read more »
Published on 8/3/2016

Florida's 2016 Mid-Year Job Growth

After a debilitating recession from 2007 to 2009 that cost thousands of people their jobs, Florida is again among the national leaders in job creation at the halfway mark of 2016, according to the latest Economic Commentary by Florida TaxWatch. Read more »
Published on 7/28/2016

Bold ideas to reduce recidivism among Florida's prisoners

New report from Florida TaxWatch, "Locked Up, Then Locked Out," proposes bold solutions to keep released offenders from returning to prison Read more »
Published on 7/19/2016

Florida TaxWatch provides comprehensive guide to local government taxing and spending

“How Florida Counties Compare” is an in-depth look at billions of dollars in taxpayer money Read more »
Published on 7/15/2016

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

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