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Florida TaxWatch's New Staff Will Bolster Efforts to Inform Policymakers and Taxpayers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – To better educate Florida’s taxpayers and public officials using high quality, independent research and analysis, Florida TaxWatch has added several new members to its respected team.

“Florida’s economy continues to grow and the importance of quality investments will determine whether our state continues on its path toward sustainable job creation, better health outcomes, increased support services and a more highly educated workforce,” said Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch. “Now, more than ever, it is critical that taxpayers have a trusted nonpartisan watchdog group to keep them informed. With the addition of our new staff members, Florida TaxWatch will continue to provide high-quality, independent research that Florida policymakers and citizens have come to rely on over our organization’s 35 year history.”

Gwynn Virostek joins Florida TaxWatch as Vice President of Development. Virostek will leverage strategic partnerships to involve Florida’s business community, state and national foundations, as well as civically engaged citizens in support of Florida TaxWatch research. Virostek is a former bank executive and comes to Florida TaxWatch from Haven Hospice of North Central Florida.

Steve Petty, Ph.D., comes to Florida TaxWatch as the Chief Economist. Petty provides economic analysis of state and local government taxation, expenditures, policies, and programs. Prior to joining Florida TaxWatch, Petty worked as a college economics professor and conducted financial research and analysis for several private finance firms.

Kyle Baltuch, MS, is a new Economist with Florida TaxWatch. A recent graduate of Florida State University, he most recently served as Florida TaxWatch’s Neil S. Crispo fellow. Baltuch’s research will identify economic opportunities in the Sunshine State and will support the Florida TaxWatch research team on a variety of economic development projects.

Joshua Gabel is Florida TaxWatch’s new Outreach Coordinator. Gabel, a former campaign staffer for Governor Rick Scott and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, will engage Florida TaxWatch supporters and outside organizations with relevant research and event opportunities.

Morgan McCord has been promoted to Director of Communications and will continue to share Florida TaxWatch’s independent research findings with taxpayers, policymakers and members of the media.

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