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Business-backed Florida TaxWatch spots $107 million in budget turkeys

by Dara Kam | May 16th, 2013

Florida TaxWatch, the business-backed non-profit that calls itself a “government watchdog,” has targeted $107 million “turkeys” they’re suggesting Gov. Rick Scott red-line as he ponders the state’s $74.5 billion spending plan.

The 107 projects add up to just one-half of one percent of the total budget, and about $60 million less than the group identified last year.

TaxWatch’s pinpointed $9,330,422 in Palm Beach County projects, including:
_ $450,000 of the $1 million lawmakers steered to Sheriff Ric Bradshaw’s violence intervention program;
_ $6.5 million for Palm Beach State College’s proposed Loxahatchee Groves campus;
_ $1,280,422 for Place of Hope at the Haven campus;
_ $100,000 for a nicotine addiction drug treatment program at Scripps Research Institute;
_ $1 million for Glades Area Street resurfacing in Belle Glade.

Two Treasure Coast projects also made TaxWatch’s hit list: $2 million for renovations at Indian River State College at the St. Lucie west campus and $200,000 for interior renovations of the Golden Gate building in Martin County.

The group also tagged a $14 million Gulf Coast State College project for a Panama City campus, something Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, wants built.

And Senate budget chief Joe Negron’s

TaxWatch identifies “turkeys” as items that were put into the budget at the last minute or without public vetting, which “circumvent lawfully established procedures,” or which steer money to special interests or local areas without going through the bidding process.

Scott has until May 24 to act on the budget. The Republican, who is running for reelection, slashed a whopping $181 million from the spending plan his first year on the job, and cut $63 million last year.

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8 Responses to “Business-backed Florida TaxWatch spots $107 million in budget turkeys”

  1. Searcher1 Says:

    Scott will VETO even less this year. He doesn’t want new enemies that may run against him.

  2. PAT LEE Says:

    I think Scott will make most of the cuts, this stuff is what you should call pork, it is stuffed in at the last minute so us stupid voters won’t know about it. Hope
    Allen West runs, he is just what Florida needs.

  3. OBIWAN Says:

    Another one of those ‘terrible TEA Party type’ organizations:

    1. You cannot bring about prosperity
    by discouraging thrift.
    2. You cannot strengthen the weak
    by weakening the strong.
    3. You cannot help small men
    by tearing down big men.
    4. You cannot help the poor
    by destroying the rich.
    5. You cannot lift the wage earner
    by pulling down the wage payer.
    6. You cannot keep out of trouble
    by spending more than your income.
    7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
    8. You cannot establish security
    on borrowed money.
    9. You cannot establish character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.
    10. You cannot help men permanently
    by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

  4. Jack Says:

    Cut the tax free status of this nonprofit

  5. rebar Says:

    Florida TaxWatch, the BUSINESS-backed non-profit, should also look into how corporate welfare is ripping off honest tax payers.

    Somehow, I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon.

  6. OBIWAN Says:

    You state this is Senator Joe Negron’s TaxWatch?

    Can’t find any reference to him on their official website?

    Is this the start of more YELLOWDOG JOURNALISM anticipating old Joe is considering another office? Like the old HeeHaw saw went…

    If it weren’t for YELLOWDOG JOURNALISM we’d have no JOURNALISM at all… woa…

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