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Haridopolos spikes local projects

Senate President Mike Haridopolos won't re-open the process for requesting local projects for next year's budget. From a memo he sent to senators: "Given the continuing fiscal challenges our state is facing and our need to focus efforts on solutions to balance the state’s budget, we will not be opening the Community Budget Issue Request System (CBIRS) this year. I want to avoid creating unrealistic funding expectations. I look forward to working together with you in seizing the opportunities and tackling the great challenges that lie ahead."

Of course, CBIRs haven't been in effect for the past couple of years, but that hasn't stopped Florida TaxWatch from flagging millions of dollars in projects as "turkeys."