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Budget Turkeys

May 30th, 2008 by flanews

While the state budget saw severe cuts, a taxpayer watchdog group has identified more than a hundred million dollars in government spending it says is wasteful. They call the items turkeys. As Whitney Ray tells us, some say these turkeys are gobbling up a starving budget.

Parks, recycling and some health care funds have all been identified as budget turkeys. Florida TaxWatch released its annual list of budget items it claims slipped through the system. They call the items turkeys. TaxWatch President Dominic Calabro said given the tough budget year he expected to come home empty handed from his turkey hunting trip.

Im surprised. We were really hoping that when it was all said and done, they were just, slam it down, said Calabro.

TaxWatch identified 133 birds totaling more than 110 million dollars. Among the turkeys, two million dollars to finish a pharmacy school on FAMUs campus. Senator Al Lawson said the school needs the money for its accreditation.

To put this on the turkey list is really incomprehensible because this is a great thing for the state of Florida that helps bring in Federal dollars from the National Science Foundation, said Lawson.

Funding for Family Caf, a nonprofit helping families with disabled children, is on the turkey list. Eldalee Cooks son has cerebral palsy. Family Caf helped her find help for her boy. Cook begs Governor Crist to give the Family Caf turkey a pardon.

Numbers on papers dont show you our pain and I pray that you look at our pain and see how were going through this cause it hurts and cutting it back isnt helping anyone, finding a solution will, Cook said.

In the end it will be up the governor to decide which turkeys get the ax. Last year Governor Charlie Crist vetoed about 70 percent of the budget turkeys TaxWatch Identified.

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