State Budget & Taxes

State taxation and budget decisions are important because they directly influence the quality of education that our children receive, the condition of the roads that we travel, and the health and safety of our communities. Taxation and budget decisions go hand-in-hand. How the state raises revenues to pay for public services is determined by its tax structure.  On the other hand, how the state decides to spend its revenue is reflected in the budget.

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Policy Brief
Sound mental health is fundamental to quality of life, and there is a strong correlation between mental health, productivity and healthy maturation. Florida, ranking 50th in the nation for per capita mental health funding, has an uncommon opportunity to address the mental health needs of the state. Read more...
The $82.4 billion state budget adopted by the Florida Legislature for Fiscal Year 2017-18 represents a .08 percent increase in a year that funding could have been appropriated to better meet the needs of Floridians. After adjusting for inflation and population growth, the new budget reflects a decrease of almost 3 percent in support for needed services. Economic growth and prosperity requires a more substantial strategic investment in opportunities for working families. Along with its failure to provide adequate support for economic growth that will benefit all Floridians, the new budget is notable for the lack of transparency and accountability in its development and adoption and for ramming through significant policy changes on a “take it or leave it” basis in its conforming bills. Read more...
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While Florida’s adopted budget improves over Governor Scott’s initial proposal, in several areas it still fails to meet the needs of a Florida that delivers on the promise of prosperity for all its residents. Read more...
Benchmarking Florida
Florida has one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation. It is above the national average and second only to Texas among large states. The number of people confined in prison and the fast growth rate of people sent to prison will have a significant social and economic impact on the state. Read more...