TALLAHASSEE- A new independent report concludes that Florida is falling behind much of the country in several areas, from high-wage roads to adequate infrastructure. The study comes from Florida State University's Leroy Collins Institute.
Among the report's findings:
- Gas taxes remain flat with inflation, and with the rise of energy-efficient cars, people are buying less fuel. As a result, gas taxes are eroding. Gas taxes support transportation, infrastructure, construction and maintenance.
- From 2002 to 2012, state teacher salaries declined at the fourth fastest rate among the nation.
- Florida doesn't have a personal income tax. Statewide sales and property tax revenue is vital, but proved volatile during the Great Recession.
The 100-page report is rather ambitious. We've provided the Collins Institute's full report under Links We Mentioned.