About TaxWatch

  As an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit
taxpayer research institute & government watchdog for more than one third of a century,


it is the mission of Florida TaxWatch to provide the citizens of Florida and public officials with high quality, independent research and analysis of issues related to state and local government taxation, expenditures, policies, and programs. 

Florida TaxWatch works to improve the productivity and accountability of Florida government. Its research recommends productivity enhancements and explains the statewide impact of fiscal and economic policies and practices on citizens and businesses.

Florida TaxWatch is supported by voluntary, tax-deductible donations and private grants, and does not accept government funding. Donations provide a solid, lasting foundation that has enabled Florida TaxWatch to bring about a more effective, responsive government that is more accountable to, and productive for, the citizens it serves since 1979.


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With a telecom and government relations career spanning 20 years, Michelle A. Robinson continues to leave her footprint as a technology enthusiast, a policy strategist, and regulatory expert  with a passion for leveraging technology to deliver powerful answers to societal challenges.

Robinson's Verizon career began in 1998 and since then she's taken on roles and increasing responsibility for state and local regulatory advocacy, political strategy, media relations, reputation management and philanthropy, and public policy.  Prior to her Verizon career, Robinson held various government relations roles with AT&T and USWest (now CenturyLink). 

Currently, Robinson is vice president for state government affairs responsible for eleven southern states including: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.  In this role, Robinson is demonstrating leadership experience in governmental and regulatory practices combined with media and public relations, and is often called upon to speak at various conferences and events around the region.

Robinson was listed by Atlanta Woman Magazine as one of the top 25 women to watch in 2008, and one of Atlanta Tribune Magazine's super women. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Florida TaxWatch, Inc. and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Southeast Region. 

Michelle A. Robinson holds Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California.  She has also completed coursework at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Robinson lives in the metro Atlanta area with her husband and two children


Florida TaxWatch has succeeded for more than a third of a century because we have stayed true to what the organization was intended to be: a highly-constructive, credible, independent government watchdog, guidedog, birddog, and eyes and ears for the taxpayers under the guidance of our extraordinary statesmen-leaders.

We have maintained the same values from day one:
Integrity, Productivity, Accountability, Independence, and Quality Research.

One of the things that I am most proud of is how TaxWatch has grown to meet the challenges that face Florida’s taxpayers without losing sight of who we are. We often hear about “mission creep” in government agencies, but our governments are not alone. In the private sector, growth and expansion often lead to substantive changes in the fabric of an organization, and in the nonprofit world, this can be disastrous.

TaxWatch, however, has embraced growth in the right direction; always to strengthen, to add capacity, keeping the core mission of TaxWatch, and the vision of our founders, as our guiding star.


We Believe

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot establish character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

—From the pen of Reverend William John Henry Boetcker (1873-1962) and often attributed to Abraham Lincoln

TaxWatch History of Accomplishments

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