Jack Latvala

De-stuffing state budget turkeys: Front & Center

De-stuffing state budget turkeys: Front & Center

Many Central Floridians were stunned last week over Gov. Rick Scott's vetoes of funding for regional projects, such as Phase 2 of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the downtown expansion of the University of Central Florida. Meanwhile, Florida TaxWatch says 189 projects totaling $167 million were tucked into the 2015-16 budget without proper public scrutiny. The business-backed think tank has a name for such projects: budget turkeys. You can read our discussion of this year's roasters with TaxWatch President Dominic M. Calabro and more online at Q: What does TaxWatch mean by turkeys in the budget? A: A budget turkey is an...