TaxWatch: Too Many Budget Turkeys

The bean counters at Florida TaxWatch say state lawmakers are spending too much money on hometown projects. 

TaxWatch Director Dominic Calabro says there were more than 500 "member projects" in the new budget that added up to 560 million dollars.

"Some of these member projects are going to inhibit our capacity to meet some of the core functions like K-12 education, higher education, early learning, some social services and the like," he said.

TaxWatch researcher Kurt Wenner says lawmakers are undermining their own budget by spending money on things like an animal shelter, tennis courts, Goodwill stores and free wi-fi on a bicycle trail.

TaxWatch is urging legislative leaders to reign in the spending on local projects and adopt new policies to ensure the ones that are funded provide the best bang for the buck.

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