2021 Budget Turkey Watch Report
An analysis of the transparency and accountability of the budget process
The 2021 Budget turkey Watch report: an analysis of the transparency and accountaBility of the Budget process is the result of an annual independent review of Florida’s FY2021-22 budget by Florida TaxWatch. The report was started in 1983 and promotes additional oversight and integrity in the state’s budgeting process based on the principle that: because money appropriated by the Legislature belongs to the taxpayers of Florida, the process must be transparent and accountable, and every appropriation should receive deliberation and public scrutiny. The budget review identifies appropriations that circumvent transparency and accountability standards in public budgeting.
Budget Turkeys are items, usually local member projects, placed in individual line-items or accompanying proviso language that are added to the final appropriations bill without being fully scrutinized and subjected to the budget process. The Budget Turkey label does not signify judgment of a project’s worrhiness. Instead, the review focuses on the Florida budget process, and the purpose of the Budget Turkey label is to ensure that all appropriations using public funds receive the deliberation, debate, and accountability they deserve.
The $101.5 billion budget passed by the Florida House and Senate for FY2021-22 contains 116 appropriations items worth $157.5 million qualifying as Budget Turkeys. Read the full report.