August 2, 2012
Statement from Dan Krassner, Executive Director, Integrity Florida:
“The incentives website launched today by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity keeps most projects out of the sunshine and allows unchecked secret tax dollar giveaways to continue. Taxpayers deserve to know about all economic development deals, tax dollars committed, number of new jobs promised and deadlines for results.”
Integrity Florida recommended the following in Corruption Risk Report: Enterprise Florida published on April 25, 2012:
“Enterprise Florida should offer a publicly accessible online database of all state and local taxpayer-funded incentives in a searchable, downloadable, usable, common format, and keep it updated. Incentives might include savings on corporate taxes, sales tax,property taxes, impact fees, utility taxes, infrastructure, etc. Taxpayers deserve to know about all economic development deals, the amount of tax dollars committed, exactly how many new jobs are expected to be created and a firm deadline for the job creation results.”
More recommendations for public access to information about economic development spending in Corruption Risk Report: Enterprise Florida published on April 25, 2012.