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Florida TaxWatch Releases Taxpayers' Guide to Florida’s 2020-21 State Budget

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida TaxWatch (FTW) today released its Taxpayers’ Guide to Florida’s FY2020-21 State Budget, providing an overview and analysis of the record $92.27 billion FY2020-21 Florida State Budget which was signed by Gov. DeSantis on June 29 and took effect July 1, 2020. The FY2020-21 budget, originally passed by the Florida Legislature totaling more than $93.2 billion, was cut with a record $1 billion in vetoes by Gov. DeSantis in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This report, along with additional FTW research and analysis, may be found online in the Florida Budget Hub, the go-to resource for understanding all of the ways in which Florida's state government spends taxpayers’ hard-earned tax dollars.

Florida TaxWatch Chairman and former Florida State Senator Pat Neal said, “As a business leader and a taxpayer, I believe it is critical for Floridians to understand where their tax dollars are going, particularly in our current unpredictable fiscal environment. I am honored to lead Florida’s premier government watchdog group and we are proud to present this annual guide to keep taxpayers informed and hold government accountable.”

Florida TaxWatch Vice-Chairman and former U.S. Senator George LeMieux said, “I am delighted that TaxWatch continues to publish this helpful and informative guide for taxpayers each year. When combined with the online ‘Florida Budget Hub’ resource, taxpayers have never had the opportunity to be more informed. I encourage each and every resident of our great state to keep these resources handy, and to stay on top of how our government spends their money.”

Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro said, “As the eyes and ears of Florida’s taxpayers, Florida TaxWatch is proud to once again present our annual Taxpayers’ Guide to the Florida State Budget and provide the research, analysis, and thorough and thoughtful insights our leaders and citizens have come to expect from this organization. We encourage everyone to explore this report and the wealth of resources and analysis in our online Budget Hub to remain informed on the latest developments to Florida’s budget and spending.”

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Read the full Taxpayers’ Guide to Florida’s FY2020-21 State Budget here.

About Florida TaxWatch
As an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit government watchdog and taxpayer research institute for more than forty years and 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 its membership via 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 www.floridataxwatch.org.

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