Baby Turkey For Broward In State Budget


The news release from two legislators was routine.  It was about money they pried out of the state budget for Broward.

Local goodies stuck in the state budget are nicknamed “turkeys”.

In reality what Broward got is more like a poult.


The state budget: GOP turkey and Democrat’s poults


State Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, and state Rep. Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, D-Deerfield Beach, praised the Legislature for including $21,000 in the budget for Broward Schools’ BECON TV.

Yup, that’s $21,000.  The state budget is approximately $67 billion.

That’s what it has come down to in Broward.

Republican-rich counties did better.

More than $40 million were earmarked to build a new USF campus in Polk County.  That’s the home of Senate budget chair J. D. Alexander.

About $2 million went to the Sanford-Burham Medical Research Center in an area represented by House Speaker Dean Cannon.

Senate Pro-Tem Mike Bennet, R-Bradeton, got $5 million for a world-class rowing facility near Lakewood Ranch.

You get the picture.

I don’t know about the rest of the turkeys, but BECON is a worthy cause.  It is the only station which has Broward-centered talk and education shows.

So Sobel and Clarke-Reed deserve applause for finding money in tough times for a Democratic county.

All these turkeys still must be approved by Gov. Rick Scott, who has the power to veto any of them….including the tiny $21,000 for Broward’s educational TV.

6 Responses to “Baby Turkey For Broward In State Budget”

  1. Mortimer Jones says:

    Becon is a waste of money. They need to get rid of it completely, sell it to Nova and let Nova use it for their communications students. What purpose does it serve us?

  2. Floridan says:

    What, if anything, did Republican Ellen Bogdanoff bring back to Broward?

  3. Wayne Arnold says:

    I remember the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s when all of the Democrats controled both houses in the legislature + the Governorship. The Democrats got all of the choice offices and seating in the chambers. If we only had some “Conservative” thinking Democrats reaching across the aisle to get things done for the folks in Broward County and South Florida it might help in bringing home the bacon.

  4. Harold Turke says:

    Becon needs to be ended. It is a frill that should be cancelled in favor of keeping money in t he classroom.

  5. Git R Done says:

    Buddy’s right, afterall, the School District doesn’t get ANY OF THE LOTTERY MONEY, at all, whatsoever!!!
    It was all a disguise when they wanted it they lied to everyone about it as well. So why don’t the State Representatives and the State Senators ask about that??? It’s something for them to consider and ASK!!!
    Now it’s just REPUBLICANS VS DEMOCRATS and what they want for themselves. They all act like they’re being CHILDREN instead of GROWN-UP ADULTS and what’s good for the kids in the Schools.

  6. city Activist Robert Walsh says:

    This surprises some of you. again your lucky The Gov, gave you the 20 grand. again its like a pattern don’t support his views and idelogies take a walk. i’ll say this for Gov.goober I hope you have plenty of dough in your legal coffers because your gonna need it. Can you imagine him on the witness stand, its bad enough when he’s on CNN etc, he’s like a deer w/ car head-lites shinning on him. Duh, your on. I mean watch him when he’s got the national spot light. He freezes like when its gets 30below in alaska. .