December 6, 2023

Florida TaxWatch

Opportunity for Increased Private Sector Investment in Florida's Public Infrastructure

Florida TaxWatch calls for Florida Legislature to facilitate infrastructure-related public-private partnerships and public-public partnerships. Read more »
Published on 1/10/2023

Analysis of Florida's Teacher Shortage: Potential Causes and Ramifications

Florida TaxWatch also summarizes state and local action taken to bolster the teacher workforce Read more »
Published on 8/15/2022

Florida TaxWatch looks at Census 2020 and what Florida's business and community leaders need to know

Following the 2020 Census, Florida could have secured: Extra yearly federal funding; An additional congressional seat; and Reliable data to guide statewide business and economic development, workforce infrastructure, social services,... Read more »
Published on 7/21/2022

Confidence and Coronavirus: How Consumers Feel About Florida's Economy

INTRODUCTION Whether purchasing a car, picking up coffee, or paying a contractor, consumers play an important role in the U.S. economy, where personal consumption represents around 70 percent of the... Read more »
Published on 12/4/2020

College Football in the COVID-19 Era: The Economic Impact of a Restricted Season

Every year, the arrival of cooler temperatures signals the beginning of an important season to many Floridians: college football season. Yet unlike previous years, this football season is shaping up... Read more »
Published on 11/6/2020

The Economic Impact of a Rebounded and Revitalized Space Program on Florida's Space Coast

On August 2nd, a SpaceX capsule carrying two NASA astronauts successfully splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico, officially concluding a historic mission to return astronauts to the International Space... Read more »
Published on 9/25/2020

It is time to make Florida a technological leader

All of us now routinely access information ranging from how to change a tire to how far Mercury is from Saturn in just a matter of seconds... Read more »
Published on 1/10/2019

Florida voters approved $1.5 billion in annual local tax increases

Florida TaxWatch research shows Florida Voters approved $1.5 billion in annual local tax increases last November. Read more »
Published on 12/12/2018

Florida TaxWatch Research Shows Independent Medical Review Of Workers' Compensation Is Worthy Of Consideration

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a new research report from Florida’s premier independent watchdog, Florida TaxWatch looks at the success of the Independent Medical Review (IMR) program in California and examines if an IMR... Read more »
Published on 12/6/2018

Governor Martinez & Florida TaxWatch Release 2018 Governor's Transition Decision Handbook

This morning, Florida's premier nonpartisan government watchdog, Florida TaxWatch, released the fourth edition of the Governor's Transition Decision Handbook at a press conference. Read more »
Published on 10/30/2018

Florida TaxWatch: 2018 Voter Guide to Florida's Constitutional Amendments

In November, Floridians will vote on 12 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution. As part of its mission to improve taxpayer understanding and government accountability, Florida's premier nonpartisan government watchdog has released the 2018 Voter Guide to Florida's Constitutional Amendments. Read more »
Published on 10/4/2018

New Florida TaxWatch research shows Amendment 1 will likely increase, not lower, taxes for all Floridians

A new report released today by Florida TaxWatch calls for a “no” vote on Amendment 1. The report shows the measure will likely increase taxes for most Floridians, including those with homes valued $100,000 or less, if approved by voters in November. Read more »
Published on 9/27/2018

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

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Sea turtles experiencing 'cold stun' flown to rehab in Florida

Fifty-two endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles are rehabbing at four facilities in Florida following a flight on a private plane from the New England Aquarium in Massachusetts.


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