December 31, 2018

Florida's Tax Structure Gamed Against the Poor [St. Augustine Record]

This post was last updated on September 10, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.
On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

The St. Augustine Record Editorial Board writes:

“As many firm up the choices we’ll make at the polls next week (and kudos to you early voters as well), we came across some information that might be worth taking a look at.

One of the big issues, especially in the governor’s race, is taxation. Ron DeSantis pretty much sticks to the GOP mantra of ‘no new taxes’ while Andrew Gillum holds the Democratic Party line of higher wages for teachers, paid for by upping corporate taxation commensurately.

The Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added] is about as nonpartisan as think tanks get. At the very least it seems be thorough in its studies.

One of its recent papers tells us something unexpected: ‘Florida’s reputation as a “low-tax” state belies the reality that is, in fact, a high-tax state for low- and moderate-income residents.’

In fact, Florida ranks 48th in the nation for tax fairness. The Institute calls Florida’s tax system upside-down, making it the ninth highest-tax state in the country for low-income families.'”


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