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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Michelle Robinson is the president of Verizon's southeast region and among the highest ranking women at Verizon Communications. She is responsible for shaping and advancing public policy strategies for its wireline, wireless, and enterprise business segments. She also directs Verizon's philanthropic activities toward the critical needs of the communities in the region, notably enhancing literacy and education through Thinkfinity.org, domestic violence prevention, tackling health care accessibility issues and keeping Internet users safe online.

As Verizon's senior leader in the southeast, Robinson currently serves on the boards of the Tampa Bay Partnership and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. She is 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 is also called on to speak at various conferences and events around the region. Robinson has an extensive background in policy development, public affairs and corporate communications. Prior to becoming the southeast region president, Robinson was senior vice president for Verizon's southern region in Atlanta and managed all public policy and public affairs for 6 states.

Robinson began her Verizon career ten years ago and has held a variety of management positions in the area of public policy and government relations including vice president of regulatory affairs in Florida. Prior to beginning her career with Verizon, Robinson held a number of positions in the areas of diversity management and compliance. Most notably, she served as community liaison on behalf of U.S. Congressman Bob Filner (D-San Diego, CA).


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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