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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Florida should establish a bipartisan, intergovernmental criminal justice task force during the 2018 legislative session to examine the major drivers of prison population growth and costs, and develop evidence-based, data-driven policies to enhance public safety. The task force recommendations would serve as the basis for major criminal justice reform legislation. Read more...
Policy Brief
Governor Rick Scott’s “Securing Florida’s Future” Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 totals $87.4 billion, the largest proposed budget of the governor’s tenure. At first glance the proposal reflects some positive investments in Sunshine State and its families, including increased funding for environmental protection, human services and public safety. 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...