|The excess money came from somewhere: Like us!|
Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, defended local projects, which have been long derided as “turkeys” because they aren’t fully vetted by professionals at state agencies.
Now Look at Miami Dade County in contrast (probably gives the most to the State of any county except Broward):
"A $285 million deficit in 2013 dings the county’s balance sheet as Moody’s warns of a debt squeeze from the new port tunnel. Deficit spending and a nearly $17 billion debt load lowered the county’s overall “net position” in 2013, according to a new financial report. The equivalent of a person’s net worth, the county’s $6.3 billion net position measures the difference between assets and liabilities." Miami Herald
Some pet projects of State Lawmakers:
A $350,000 fountain in the state’s richest town, Palm Beach, and $123,000 for a dog park in an affluent Jacksonville neighborhood. Others are big: $12 million for Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford’s alma mater, the private Jacksonville University, and $3 million for an industrial park in Walton County.
Okay what gives? Why are they spending every penny when we are broke here? Someone please explain why there is no fund for extra funds for a rainy day that could be invested and grow? A fountain will not get us develop jobs or feed the hungry. Why not, if you are going to spend it, spend it on something that will help the whole State as the surplus doesn't come from Will Weatherford's and Don Gaetz's districts that is for sure.