Governor Scott will sign on the dotted line in Lake County today - approving a budget he says will cut your taxes and add jobs.
But much of that spending went unchecked by the legislature? Almost $203-million says Kurt Wenner with Florida TaxWatch.
"I was very surprised how many items were added this session with the budget situation we had," says Wenner.
Florida TaxWatch released their annual "Turkey List" which included millions of dollars in state spending that went unvetted or snuck in at the last minute, including over $4.5-million for Duval and St. Johns County projects.
- DUVAL: Beaver Street Enterprise Center - $900,000 - Not requested by agency or recommended by Governor; specifying provider bypasses competitive selection
- DUVAL: Contract with Wounded Warrior Project - $3,250,000 - Wounded Warrior has historically not received government funding.
- ST. JOHNS: Government House Interpretive Film and Exhibit (St. Augustine) - $200,000 - Local project not requested by agency; bypasses peer review competitive selection process
- ST. JOHNS: Government House Museum Renovation - $200,000 - Local project not requested by agency; bypasses peer review competitive selection process
Wenner thinks Scott may cut all of the items they've identified and a lot more. Wenner says if these projects had been scrutinized or withheld from the budget, Florida could have been able to put more money into schools, health care and infrastructure.