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Florida TaxWatch Statement About Renewal Of FloridaMakes Funding

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro released the following statement regarding public investment in FloridaMakes –

“Florida offers manufacturers pro-business tax policies, no personal income tax, affordable land and labor, streamlined permitting processes, and a host of other resources that should attract manufacturing to Florida. Despite these built-in advantages, Florida’s manufacturing sector is still in need of a concentrated effort to expand its footprint. One solution to this problem is a program called FloridaMakes, which connects statewide business associations and local providers to help small and medium-sized manufacturers grow their businesses through technology adoption and talent development. Through the 3rd quarter of 2018, 241 manufacturers who had received services through FloridaMakes reported a combined total impact of $721 million, and a total of 5,236 jobs were either created or retained. Programs like FloridaMakes generate thousands of high-paying new jobs while growing Florida’s manufacturing sector. Florida TaxWatch strongly encourages the Legislature to continue public investment in FloridaMakes.”


About Florida TaxWatch

As an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit government watchdog and taxpayer research institute for 40 years, the trusted eyes and ears of Florida taxpayers, 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. For more information, please visit

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