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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The goal of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is to move families from dependence on government assistance to economic self-sufficiency by providing participants with temporary cash assistance for basic needs, subsidized child care and employment/employability supports. Since TANF is administered as a federal block grant program, Florida has flexibility in the allocation of funds to permissible purposes. However, this flexibility has led to the growing diversion of funds to programs and services that are outside of TANF’s core welfare reform activities, resulting in fewer resources being allocated for services that would help families become economically self-sufficient. Read more...
Governor Scott vetoed $11.5 billion in public school funding — which was restored after lawmakers agreed to an increase in per-pupil funding in special session — as well as $409 million in other appropriations throughout the budget. Even though the governor worked with the Legislature to increase public school funding by $100 per student, the additional $215 million still leaves public schools below the per-student funding level appropriated a decade ago. 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...