Florida TaxWatch wins national award for “Most Distinguished Research”

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The Report and Recommendations of the Florida Tangible Personal Property Tax Task Force by Florida TaxWatch has been recognized by the Governmental Research Association as the winner of this year’s “Most Distinguished Research.”  Announced on May 3 at its Annual Conference, the Governmental Research Association awards recognize “exceptional contributions to understanding and addressing the challenge of state and local government.”

“Florida TaxWatch is honored to win the GRA’s most prestigious award, and we congratulate the other award winners from around the country,” said Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO of Florida TaxWatch. “We view this award as a win for the people of Florida as well, as the Task Force report helped the Legislature place the Tangible Personal Property Tax reduction on the ballot in November.”

According to the GRA, the Most Distinguished Research award is “based on the challenge of the subject matter, the degree to which the study is ground-breaking, and the quality of execution. Other criteria include the use of new and/or innovative research methods and the usefulness of the study to other states and/or municipalities.”

The Task Force was led by Pat Neal, President & CEO of Neal Communities, who stated, “The task force has done a great service to Floridians. The impacts of expanding the exemption from this tax will be felt by all of us, and will play a significant role in accelerating our economic recovery.”

Florida TaxWatch Chairman, Marshall Criser, III (President, AT&T Florida), said that this award was fitting, as “Florida TaxWatch is the only government watchdog that equips Floridians with highly valued, independent research that generates positivefiscal and economic results. I am encouraged to see that Florida TaxWatch research continues to be recognized and respected nationally.”

The report was written byFlorida TaxWatch Vice President for Tax Research Kurt Wenner, with economicsimulation modeling done by Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist, assisted by Katie Furtick, Research Analyst. Research was done under the direction of Robert Weissert, Vice President for Research, and Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO.

The Florida TaxWatch Tangible Personal Property Tax Task Force report is available here.

The Governmental Research Organization awards announcement can be seen here.

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