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Florida lawmakers release county-by-county budget data

Florida lawmakers released a county-by-county allocations list for the 2012 budget Wednesday, offering a breakdown of how taxpayer funds will be sent around the state.

The budget includes money for road repair projects, funds for elderly services, universities – and a lot of so-called “turkeys,” pet projects for specific cities or counties.

Each of those member projects must survive Gov. Rick Scott’s ominous veto pen, which showed a strong aversion to pet projects last year.

Miami-Dade County has one of the largest turkey lists. It includes $500,000 for the Bay of Pigs Museum, $150,000 for a historical log cabin in Biscayne Park and $100,000 for Family Empowerment and Intervention Family Meeting Nights in North Miami.

In Hillsborough County, there’s $500,000 for the Florida Aquarium, $1.4 million for the Downtown Riverwalk and about $5 million for the Port of Tampa.

For a full list of line-item spending for the 2012-2013 year, click here

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