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Dominic Calabro

Dominic M. Calabro is President and Chief Executive Officer of Florida TaxWatch, a statewide, non-profit, non-partisan government watchdog and research center for taxpayers. Florida TaxWatch was founded in 1979 to improve government productivity, taxpayer value, and citizen understanding and encouraging responsible participation by Floridians in their state and local governments. This is accomplished by advancing productivity and sound investment in Florida government and through research on how tax and spend regulatory decisions affect Floridians' livelihood and quality of life. Calabro also serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Prudential Financial-Davis Productivity Awards Foundation, Inc. which recognizes, rewards and replicates outstanding government productivity, and innovative cost-saving achievements throughout Florida government worth over $5 billion to date. Calabro is an "almost native" Floridian, having moved to South Florida from New York at the age of eleven. After attending Catholic school, including four years at Catholic Seminary, Calabro graduated with high honors from Broward Community College, later receiving his Bachelor's degree with the highest honors form Florida International University. Calabro also holds a Master's degree from Florida State University and will soon be receiving a second Master's degree in public finance and budgeting. Before joining TaxWatch in the early 1980s, Calabro served as an analyst with the Florida Senate Ways and Means Committee (later split into Appropriations and Finance and Tax). Under Calabro's leadership, Florida TaxWatch has earned and maintained the respect of the state's most highly regarded and influential leaders and has attracted positive attention from both the citizens of Florida and the state and national media. In addition to many business and civic honors, Calabro was named by the national Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans for 1994. Calabro resides in Tallahassee with his wife, Debbie and four children.