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Taxwatch on how Florida can save $2B annually [podcast]

July 6, 2016

Last week, the Florida Government Efficiency Task Force approved its final report, which outlines 29 recommendations that would improve government operations while saving hard-working Florida taxpayers’ money. The potential cost-savings the state could realize if these recommendations were implemented could exceed $2 billion annually.

“The recommendations contained in the 2015 Government Efficiency Task Force Final Report issued today were developed by the 15-member Task Force over the past ten months. These twenty-nine recommendations, if implemented, will lead to over $2 billion in cost-savings for the taxpayers of Florida as well as improving the functions of our state government,” said Task Force Chairman John R Alexander. “I strongly urge the Florida Legislature to enact these recommendations and Governor Scott to approve them so that together we can ensure that our state remains the best state in the Union to live, work and play.”

Yesterday, Robert Weissert, Executive Vice President of Florida TaxWatch, discussed the 29 recommendations on “Pensacola Speaks.” The recommendations include enacting an annual Florida Government Efficiency Act, conducting an operational review of the Florida Department of Corrections, smarter sentencing for low-level non-violent offenders and removing barriers to the use of telehealth strategies. Read the full report.

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