Florida Corporate Tax Breaks in Limbo PDF  | Print |  E-mail

Karen Woodall of the Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy says those breaks would do little to create jobs. “So, there’s a very small percentage of corporations in this state that are for-profit corporations that are actually paying any income tax at all because of the loopholes.”

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Scott's Fla. corporate tax repeal on life support PDF  | Print |  E-mail

A February report by the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, a liberal think tank, also cast doubt on the effectiveness of a corporate tax cut.

It pointed out most small businesses, often touted as Florida's biggest job creators, already are exempt from the tax. State data show that only 25,000 to 40,000 companies - less than 1 percent of all for-profit businesses in Florida - pay the tax.

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Florida’s Corporate Tax Breaks Pay Off in Jobs? PDF  | Print |  E-mail

...critics say there is mixed evidence that the millions in tax breaks Florida has already doled out actually created jobs.

"It doesn't seem wise to us to let tens of millions of dollars more a year go uncollected for the benefit of a few select corporations or industries," said Alan Stonecipher, with the liberal Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy research group.

"There's little evidence that these so-called economic-development incentives actually produce new jobs."

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Senate slams lid on Medicaid funding PDF  | Print |  E-mail

"We as a legislature will decide, 'This is how much we're going to spend on Medicaid,' '' Negron said before the Senate Budget Committee voted 17-4 to approve the overhaul bill and send it to the full Senate.

But critics of the Senate bill fear the cap could force dramatic cuts in services. Karen Woodall, a lobbyist for the left-leaning Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, told the committee that such a cap could have forced about $1.6 billion in spending cuts this year.

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Capitol Comments: Medicaid cuts topic of debate PDF  | Print |  E-mail

To conclude that a so-called optional benefit is somehow expendable or unnecessary would be a grave misinterpretation," said a February report from the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy, a liberal advocacy group. "The importance of these benefits is particularly clear given that Florida's Medicaid benefit package is less generous than that of many other states."

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The mission of the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy is to conduct independent research, develop new ideas, and advise policymakers on state fiscal and economic policy.  The Center pays particular attention to policy impacts on low- and moderate-income individuals, families and neighborhoods, workers, and small businesses.  The Center works to heighten public awareness of the need to adequately fund programs that improve opportunities, choices, quality of life outcomes, and the economic well-being of all Floridians.