TaxWatch Turkeys

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Tallahassee, FL -- April 13, 2012 --

The Florida Taxwatch veto list is wide-ranging. It includes aviation projects, a bus project, and a science and technology building for a community college. Taxwatch defines a turkey worthy of veto something that might be good public policy but didn't go through the proper process.

There are 23 local water projects, totaling 19 million dollars, on the suggested veto list.

The creation of a twelfth state university by splitting off the Lakeland branch campus of the University of South Florida is not on the turkey list. That's because it had all the right hearings, but Taxwatch says it is still bad public policy.

The biggest single item on the recommended veto list is fourteen million for a Public Safety institute. Next was ten million for economic development on the Space coast. Both projects are in the Senate President's district and demonstrate the clout presiding officers can wield.

Last year, Governor Scott set a record when he vetoed over six hundred million dollars in spending. This year he's already said there will be fewer vetoes, in part because lawmakers did a better job of allocating funds.

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  • by Overwhelming Irony on Apr 15, 2012 at 01:51 PM
    Wow. My head is spinning try to deal with the irony of the husband of the chief paycheck thief writing this article. If there has ever been a legislator that is wasting taxpayer funds to draw a paycheck, it is this guy's wife. How overwhelmingly ironic.
  • by Jess on Apr 14, 2012 at 08:54 PM
    The tax watch turkeys need to be watched as well because they also have an agenda. Their things don't make the list.
  • by usethemoneyforthis on Apr 14, 2012 at 11:02 AM
    Heres an idea take all that taxwatch turkey money and put it to good use. Give the State workers a cost of living increase with that money. No increase in 6 years and counting. Legislature and the Governor should be ashamed of themselves in the spend money frivalously instead of helping the state workers be able to pay their bills and buy gas to get to their low paying job. YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF WHO IS MINDING THE STORE TRICKY RICKY AND HIS LEGISLATIVE SHEEP.
  • by randy Location: tallahassee on Apr 14, 2012 at 07:54 AM
    be sure to veto the tech university we do not need and the road to nowhere a complete waste of taxpayers money
  • by Mitt Location: Tallahassee on Apr 14, 2012 at 07:47 AM
    Finally, a politician who actually gets things done!
  • by Bubba on Apr 14, 2012 at 04:51 AM
    Its go along to get along time. Here is where the gov rewards the legislators for being good little boys and passing his agenda. The people, as always, will get screwed.
  • by quid pro quo Location: Tallahassee on Apr 14, 2012 at 04:20 AM
    Now that Scott has learned to play politics with the big boys, don't be surprised if some pet projects miss the veto pen. He is a different Governor this session. It only took a year for him to realize that he had to make deals with Legislators to get what he wanted on his agenda.
  • by VETO SCOTT ! Location: smoke land on Apr 14, 2012 at 04:00 AM
    or veto the lot of them, vote out all in power, lets start over !
  • by Fight the Paywall Location: Tallahassee on Apr 14, 2012 at 03:02 AM
    Re: The local rag's paywall site - Saw this posted on the Gannettblog; it might help some of you: "This Gannett paywall thing is such a joke. It uses cookies to track how many articles you've viewed (before you're supposed to pay), and can EASILY be defeated using any up-to-date browser: Chrome - Incognito mode Firefox - Private browsing Explorer - InPrivate browsing"
  • by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2012 at 07:18 PM
    Let`s see just how many vetos the average citizen programs get and how few vetos are made to increasing departments, programs, tax cuts and spending the directly improves those who are major Republican contributors.
    • reply
      by Conservative State Employee on Apr 14, 2012 at 07:56 AM in reply to
      You whine a lot!
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2012 at 02:58 PM in reply to Conservative State Employee
        nice to see pointing out the truth struck a nerve and got your attention,,guess @Bubba and @quid pro quo summed it up better-
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