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Florida TaxWatch names Robert Cruz new chief economist

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Nonpartisan government watchdog Florida TaxWatch has named Robert Cruz as its new chief economist, the group announced Tuesday.

Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic Calabro said the hire “will further Florida TaxWatch’s status as the premier government watchdog in the Sunshine State.”

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Cruz to our team,” Calabro said. “He brings a breadth of experience to our organization with a professional career spanning 33 years as a university professor, academic researcher and economics consultant to private sector firms and public sector agencies.”

Cruz most recently worked as the department chair of the business school at Miami-Dade College’s Kendall Campus and has worked as a professor in the Andreas School Business at Barry University.

Outside of academia, Cruz served as the chief economist for Miami-Dade County. He earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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