TaxWatch ‘turkey’ list targets $107 million in spending

The turkeys have come home to roost again – but not as many as last year.

The watchdog group Florida TaxWatch on Thursday released its annual list of “turkeys” – projects it objects to being in the state budget because they were included outside the full appropriations process.

turkeyThis year, the group identified 107 projects it recommends for a line-item veto by Gov. Rick Scott.

They total $106.8 million in proposed spending, about $64 million less than last year’s list, which included 159 projects..

Included in the list of suggested vetoes is $450,000 of the $1 million the budget includes for a violence prevention program for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Kurt Wenner, TaxWatch vice president for tax research, said the group’s “turkey” list makes no judgment about the value of the projects it includes. In the sheriff’s office case, for instance, $550,000 for the project was included from early in the budget process, he said.

The $450,000 TaxWatch objects to was part of a separate appropriation added during conference negotiations between the House and Senate just before the budget was concluded, he said.

“We don’t think that’s a good time to be adding things to the budget,” he said.

The full TaxWatch report can be found here.



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