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TaxWatch Christmas gift: 15 ways to save Florida taxpayers money

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Florida TaxWatch chief Dominic Calabro conceded Thursday that legislators might balk at spending money next year to improve government efficiency, but pointed to 15 innovations that wouldn’t cost taxpayers a dime. They include prison reforms and requiring the governor and Legislature to pass specific legislation every year directing agency chiefs to find ways to operate more efficiently. “Revenue projections going into the 2017 legislative session suggest there will be just enough money to fund a continuation budget. A lot of it…

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Dimmed budget outlook has TaxWatch urging efficiency

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Government spending watchdog Florida TaxWatch says the recommendations from the Florida Government Efficiency Taskforce are even more important in light of reduced revenue estimates over the next few fiscal years. State economists recently predicted Florida will have $31.257 billion in general revenue funds for the 2016-17 budget year, $395 million less than their October estimate. The estimating conference also lowered estimates for budget years running through 2020-21 by an average of $279 million each year. “The General Revenue Estimating Conference…

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Florida Tax Watch suggests tax savings as Legislative Session begins

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With the new Legislative Session fully under way in Tallahassee, Florida Tax Watch has recommendations for the Legislature on ways to save taxpayers’ money in 2016. The recommendations include an annual Florida Government Efficiency Act, continuing to implement a new state accounting and cash management system, using telehealth strategies, and smarter sentencing for low-level nonviolent offenders. “Taxpayers deserve a government that works efficiently and effectively. The Legislature could make a significant achievement if they follow the Government Efficiency Task Force…

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Today on Context Florida: Trump as commander in chief, fracking and hearing from Florida voters

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Today on Context Florida: The 2016 presidential race hasn’t had any official votes yet. But Jac VerSteeg says things are shaping up for two candidates with Florida ties – Jeb Bush and Donald Trump – the contest already has bearing on at least two constitutional issues. They are whether contributing money to candidates is a form of protected free speech; and whether the president, as commander in chief, can usurp Congress’ constitutional power to declare war. Trump’s provocative macho military and…

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