Incoming Senate President Andy Gardiner told the Orlando Sentinel he is not bothered by the Florida TaxWatch list of 2014 budgetary “turkeys.”
On Friday, the bipartisan government watchdog group underscored nearly $121 million in line item projects included in the $77.1 billion budget the state House and Senate passed May 2, calling them “turkeys” that bypassed standard review procedures.
The group is calling for Gov. Rick Scott to veto the items when he signs the budget, expected within the next 11 days.
“I will promptly ignore it,” the Orlando Republican said of the list. Gardiner had directed dozens of projects into the 2014-2015 budget.
Orange County made the list with $10.3 million, including $1 million for the planned Valencia College Poinciana campus and $8 million for the “partnership complex” between the University of Central Florida and the Defense Department.