TALLAHASSEE (AP) — A research and advocacy group with close business ties is urging Gov. Rick Scott to veto $149.6 million in Florida budget “turkeys.”
Florida TaxWatch on Friday also questioned $21.3 million earmarked for 16 economic development projects but did not ask for vetoes.
The group defines turkeys, or pork barrel projects, as those added to the budget outside the normal budgetary process or that are strictly local or private in nature.
It does not judge the merit of the projects. As a result, the list does not include $33.5 million to launch a new state university although TaxWatch opposes the project as financially wasteful.
The largest turkey on the list is $14 million to build a Public Safety Institute at Brevard Community College, which Scott vetoed last.