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TaxWatch Fighting Government Waste

August 12th, 2009 by flanews

A government watchdog group says the state needs to be more frugal.

Florida TaxWatch is hosting a series of meeting with business leaders to gather money saving ideas for the state. TaxWatch says reforming the prison system, collecting taxes already owed from online purchases, switching to online textbooks, and reducing fraud and abuse in Medicaid could help the state save billions of dollars and avoid cuts to vital services. TaxWatch Spokesman Rob Weissert says almost every area of government can do something to save more.

We talked about different ways to do things that we are already doing. When we talked about maximizing revenue collections, thats internet sales. When we talk about ways to provide education, health care, and all the things the state has to provide in more efficient ways, not only to make it more effective, because that is inherently more cost efficient, but also more efficient. To save money by doing things better, said Weissert.

TaxWatch says ideas generated in the Government Cost Savings Task Force meetings will end up in legislation in the 2010 session. The Florida Speaker of the House, the Senate President, The Attorney General and the Chief Financial Officer are participating in the meetings.

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