State Provides Billions in Benefits to Business With Little Accountability | Print |  E-mail
November 2011

Florida provides more than $4 billion to business through the state budget and tax laws each year, with little or no examination or review.  Before even more breaks are enacted, as proposed by the governor and business organizations, the public interest would be served through an open, transparent assessment of current benefits.

Accountability is a mantra of state leaders when applied to teachers, whose salaries are now tied to students' test results, and public employees, whose names and salaries are available on the governor's website.  Yet no equivalent accountability mechanisms exist for the billions of tax dollars devoted each year to businesses.

Understanding current breaks given to business is necessary to determine whether corporations and other profitable businesses pay their fair share for the public infrastructure critical to ensuring that Florida is a good place to live and conduct business.

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