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Dominic Calabro has 6 articles published.

Dominic M. Calabro is President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch.

Economic development incentives drive jobs to Florida, boost state economy

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Shaping up to be one of the biggest battles in the Legislature in many years, the fight on economic development incentives and tourism funding has been swirling throughout the halls of the Capitol the last few weeks. On one side are those who believe that taxpayer dollars should not be used to entice businesses and tourists to Florida; the other side sees these programs as crucial for creating jobs and boosting our economy. Having watched and safeguarded taxpayer dollars being…

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Dominic Calabro: Keeping cigars in the Cigar City

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Politicians talk repeatedly about doing things to help create jobs. But, sometimes, doing nothing is the best option. We hope that newly-elected lawmakers understand that less government intrusion is often the key to keeping the American Dream alive. A great example is the 2009 “Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.” This innocuously named effort actually increased federal regulation in ways that even many of its supporters now regret. The act gave the Food and Drug Administration the right to regulate…

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Dominic Calabro: College football is a touchdown for Florida’s local and state economies

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It is Hurricane season in Florida. And Seminole season. And it’s also the season for the Gators and Rattlers and Bulls and many others. After a long hot summer, Floridians are eagerly awaiting the return of college football. Not only is college football great for the fans, but it is also a boon for communities and the state’s economy. College football fans visit cities across Florida from all over the state and even the country to see their favorite team…

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Dominic Calabro: Remember to thank principals too during the first week back to school

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For millions of parents and students this month around the Sunshine State, one of the most exciting parts of returning to school is meeting the teachers. And for good reason; teachers will spend 180 days helping students learn and grow as one of the primary influences, besides parents and family, in each child’s life. But as you settle into the new school year routine, we hope you will take some time to share your appreciation and support for each school’s…

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Dominic Calabro: Sales tax holidays – a Florida tradition and boon to taxpayers, businesses

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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. This year’s back-to-school sales tax holiday – from Aug. 5 through 7 – is shorter than last year and does not exempt from taxes some items previously included such as computers. But few tax breaks generate such excitement among taxpayers while stimulating…

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Dominic M. Calabro: Take time to remember sacrifices of soldiers on Memorial Day

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I remember my Dad telling me stories of World War II when I was a kid. He told me about his friends who died to preserve the American way of life and to rid the world of a madman. Stories like my Dad’s remind me that nothing in our life in America comes without a price. Men and women of all backgrounds fought and died because they took an oath to defend their country from those who wished to harm…

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