Articles in Category: 'TaxWatch'

By: Nancy Smith | Posted: March 12, 2012 3:55 AM
Judge Jackie Fulford did more than dig a potential $2 billion hole in the Florida budget. She gave back to a redefined union movement in this state the two things it lacked most -- muscle and heart.
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: February 10, 2011 3:55 AM

"California, here we come." Unless it's vacation you're talking about, you don't want to hear that and you don't want to go there.

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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: December 24, 2010 4:05 AM

Gov.-elect Rick Scott drew some support Wednesday for what is shaping up as a plan to reduce spending in the state’s Juvenile Justice Department by keeping kids out of costly residential lockups.

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By: Alex Tiegen | Posted: April 9, 2010 12:35 AM

Florida has failed to insure its residents' homes properly, and it needs to allow insurance companies to raise their rates, said a coalition of House representatives and others Thursday.  

Florida received an “F” on a 50-state Insurance Report Card issued by the nonprofit Heartland Institute, a think tank concentrating on the free market.

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Posted: May 24, 2010 5:31 PM

Projects slipped into the budget late in the negotiation process or without adequate public review could gobble up nearly $60.7 million in the proposed $70.4 billion budget now on Gov. Charlie Crist’s desk.

And Florida TaxWatch, a nonprofit government watchdog, wants the governor to veto these "budget turkeys." 

Lawmakers slipped 41 such turkeys into the budget this year, the pro-business nonprofit revealed Monday, and they are costing the state needed transportation funds and services for vulnerable Floridians.

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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: March 2, 2010 (All day)
What role -- if any -- does state government have in shepherding Florida through tough economic times?

While Washington has taken the Keynesian approach of pumping public dollars into private sector (notably, banks) and shovel-ready public-works projects, Tallahassee has been more restrained. The focus, thus far, has been on providing job-creation incentives and balancing the budget -- a constitutional mandate not required of Washington.
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