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Florida TaxWatch: DeSantis should slash $133 million from state budget

Posted at 5:52 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 17:52:26-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida TaxWatch says $133 million should be slashed from the state's proposed budget when Governor Ron DeSantis uses his line-item veto pen for the first time.

The business-backed nonprofit group highlighted 109 member projects, known as budget "turkeys." It says they failed to be properly vetted before being inserted into the budget.

TaxWatch President Dominic Calabro says there isn't accountability for projects without the public vetting process.

"Because the money is appropriated by the legislature, it truly belongs first and foremost to the taxpayers who worked very hard to earn it," said Calabro. "The process must be transparent and accountable, and every appropriation should receive sufficient vetting, deliberation and public debate."

The spending items were dominated by transportation projects. As of Wednesday, the state spending plan had not yet been formally sent to DeSantis.