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Taxwatch finds $121 million in 'turkeys', but problem is process not projects

Florida TaxWatch Chief Research Officer, Robert Weissert reveals the 2014 budget "turkeys."

The annual hunt for budget “turkeys” by Florida TaxWatch, a pro-business, low-tax think tank, revealed $121 million in questionable projects, according to the group’s report released Friday.

But after receiving fierce criticism from lawmakers in recent years, including from Senate budget chief Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who called the report a “gimmick” last year, TaxWatch officials were keen to note they weren’t questioning the merits of the projects, only their lack of vetting through the budget process.

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