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Negron blasts TaxWatch ‘hackneyed’ turkey list

by Dara Kam | May 24th, 2011

Sen. Joe Negron slammed Florida TaxWatch’s annual budget “turkey” list, calling it a “media gimmick” based on the “mistaken rationale that budget decisions originating from the executive branch come clothed with a presumption of correctness while ideas from the elected representatives of the people should be viewed with suspicion.”

TaxWatch released the list to help Gov. Rick Scott with his veto pen. Scott is expected to sign the budget and red-line items of his choice Thursday afternoon.

Negron, a Stuart Republican who chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee and was once the House’s budget chief, called out TaxWatch staff for the manner in which they arrived at $203 million in pork.

TaxWatch’s turkey criteria include items – more than half the total turkey list – that landed in the budget during or after conferences where budget negotiators from the House and Senate resolve differences between their two spending plans. Many of the items that eventually wound their way into the budget that way had never previously been discussed or proposed by either chamber.

TaxWatch’s “added in conference” category is “a flimsy basis to disparage a budget expenditure,” Negron said in a statement.

“The conference process is a meaningful and significant component of the appropriations enterprise. Conference provides an open and transparent opportunity for the House and Senate to negotiate an agreed upon budget and to take a concluding look at the Appropriations Act to determine final priorities. Many proposed funding items are reduced or eliminated during this review process,” he wrote.

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9 Responses to “Negron blasts TaxWatch ‘hackneyed’ turkey list”

  1. M Says:

    Where are the fact? No more facts, just a bunch of words. If I want quotes or opinions, I will read a fiction book.

  2. AK Says:

    Negron is a turkey laced with Reputlican pork. How would he know any better than to make a comment like he did?

  3. Mary Says:

    Wow. What a sour grapes eater this guy is. Takes all kinds of Repugs to get government to suck this much.

  4. monkeysauce Says:

    So Mary, you’d rather have the Republican Rick Scott and his bureaucrats just get anything and everything they ask for? At least you can vote Negron and legislators out. All those bureaucrats who make all those requests…not so much.

  5. just saying Says:

    Negron,get a grip. All ideas from our elected officials are viewed with suspicion as they should be.Negron, ask yourself why these line items were put in the budget after they were beyond discussion by both chambers.Your ego may be hurt but citizens need to challenge EVERYTHING their told by politicians.

  6. Brown.Pelican Says:

    Wow, you politicians run a tight ship up there in Tallahassee. If you worked for TSA, every plane would apparently have at least one terrorist on it.

    If you legistlators controlled the borders, instead of Homeland Security, we’d have plenty of illegals here to do our work for us, because apparently you pay no attention to what you are doing with my money. Money is easy to appropriate for some pet project when you don’t consuder it your money.

    Why? Because you openly admitted: “Many of the items that eventually wound their way into the budget had never previously been discussed or proposed by either chamber.”

  7. Sohbet Says:

    Wow, you politicians run a tight ship up there in Tallahassee. If you worked for TSA, every plane would apparently have at least one terrorist on it.

  8. A Says:

    FASCIST

  9. Sensible Sam Says:

    Ha. Dominic Calabro has chunks of guys bigger than Negron in his stool.

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