Florida TaxWatch Releases Report Explaining How Directed Payment Program (DPP) Can Address Medicaid Funding Gap

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Tallahassee, Fla – Today, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) released its latest report, Addressing the Medicaid Funding Gap Through a Directed Payment Program (DPP), which evaluates the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s Medicaid program and explores the use of Medicaid DPP as an option to minimize the gap between a hospital’s cost of care for Medicaid patients and the reimbursement the hospital actually receives.

Florida TaxWatch Releases Economic Commentary on Long-Term Changes and Challenges for Health in Florida

The analysis is the first installment in the taxpayer research institute’s COVID-19 Legacy Series

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Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) released Beyond the Pandemic: Long Term Changes and Challenges for Health in Florida, which addresses a unique confluence of factors that are contributing to important outcomes for the state’s health care system and consequently, the economy.

Florida TaxWatch Releases 2021 Budget Turkey Watch Report

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Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) released its 2021 Budget Turkey Watch Report, an independent review of the state’s FY 2021-22 budget. The annual practice is based on the principle that, because funds appropriated by the Legislature belong to Florida taxpayers, the process must be transparent and accountable, and every appropriation should receive proper deliberation and public debate. 

Florida TaxWatch Releases Economic Commentary: State COVID-19 Restrictions & the Road Back to Economic Normal

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Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) released Economic Commentary: State COVID-19 Restrictions & the Road Back to Economic Normal, which offers a cursory overview of the relationship between states’ COVID-19 restrictions and their respective economic recoveries. Using data obtained by CNN and Moody’s Analytics, as well as WalletHub, the analysis indicates that states implementing more stringent COVID-19 guidelines, such as face mask requirements and bans on large gatherings, have had slower economic recoveries compared to those that lifted restrictions sooner, a measure determined by the national index score, state-level employment, unemployment insurance claims, seated restaurants open, and more.

TAXWATCH REPORT: The Suncoast Connector is a Multi-Billion Dollar Gamble

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) released its latest report, The Suncoast Connector is a Multi-Billion Dollar Gamble examining the recently created Multi-Use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) program which was established through legislation passed and signed into law in 2019 (SB 7068) to direct the construction of three new toll roads in the Florida Turnpike System. The report, which focuses primarily on the Suncoast Connector, raises serious concerns regarding economic feasibility, transportation need, environmental and agricultural impact, and economic benefit of this road and urges caution, especially given the revenue impact of COVID-19, before proceeding with the Suncoast Connector whose costs and true value remain in question.

Florida TaxWatch Releases Economic Commentary: The Backbone of the Economy Briefing Outlines How Florida’s Small Businesses Have Been Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) released its latest Economic Commentary: The Backbone of the Economy: How Small Businesses in Florida Have Fared During the Pandemic. The briefing outlines how Florida’s 2.7 million small businesses – which employ 3.5 million employees or roughly 41.7 percent of the private workforce – have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Florida TaxWatch Releases Report Recommending Comprehensive Review of Government Leasehold Law

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida TaxWatch released Calling for Clarity: Florida’s Confusing and Conflicting Scheme for Taxing Government Leaseholds Needs Legislative Attention. The report introduces the idea that Florida’s taxation of government-owned property leased by non-government entities does not align with the principles of sound tax policy – simplicity, fairness, transparency, and ease of administration. In fact, the taxpayer research institute and government watchdog, which has been a trusted resource for state leaders for over 40 years, notes that the law governing the taxation of government leaseholds has been shaped more by the courts than the Legislature and should be subject to a comprehensive review.

Florida TaxWatch Releases Assessment of Broward College’s Broward UP™

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida TaxWatch announced the release of the taxpayer research institute’s latest report, An Independent Assessment of the Value of Broward UP. Launched by Broward College in 2018, Broward UP (Unlimited Potential) is an innovative approach to increasing college access and delivering workforce education in communities impacted by high unemployment and low education attainment, with the aim to improve economic mobility in targeted Broward County area ZIP codes.

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