Dear Fellow Floridian:
Since taking office just over two years ago, I have advocated for reforms to Florida’s state contracting system. I have worked hard to increase transparency and accountability through the development of
the Florida Accountability Contract Tracking System (FACTS). Additionally, we have achieved greater accountability through the audits of 600 contracts and grant agreements last fiscal year alone, all of which are posted on FACTS.
The best protection for taxpayers' money is to implement a higher standard of
auditing state contracts. We have an obligation to reform this system by
preventing poorly written contracts from being executed so that taxpayers aren’t
on the losing end. If we audit a contract before someone signs on the dotted
line and also at the time of final payment, we can ensure that the promised
goods or services were delivered at the best possible price.
We cannot wait any longer. If we plan to keep Florida growing and on a path to prosperity, there should be no question that we need to make certain that government is finding every penny of savings and maximizing value for taxpayers. Wasted dollars will not be tolerated and all state contracts should reflect the highest ethical and fiscal standardsclear, consistent and measurable. Florida taxpayers deserve it.
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida
February is Black History Month in Florida
This month, take time to appreciate the many contributions that African-American Floridians have made to our collective society, economy and culture. Celebrate the rich heritage of black history by participating in the many events scheduled throughout the month.
Florida's Bottom Line Is the Inside Track
The latest edition of Florida's Bottom Line's has the year
2012 in Review, with economic highlights and a look at the year ahead, Gov. Scott on his College and Career FIRST agenda, a discussion of Florida's talent supply chain and more.
A special issue of Florida's Bottom Line features
Navigating the Fiscal Cliffwhat you should know about it and how it impacts Florida.
website for Florida's Bottom Line offers the inside track on Florida's financial health, updated as new figures emerge. Useful statistics on Florida's economy and jobs are accompanied by resource links, news and partner sites.
In recent months, several surveys and studies were released that speak to
the quality of Florida's business climate and discuss Florida's ranking
alongside other states. Here are these resources in case you missed
Small Business Index Survey
The National Chamber Foundation released a study on
The non-partisan Tax Foundation recently released a study ranking
states' business tax climate, the
2013 State Business Tax Climate Index. This survey ranked Florida
fifth best in the nation.