Friday, June 23, 2017

Florida universities take big hits in Gov. Scott's budget vetoes - Arek Sarkissian, Naples Daily News

Gov. Rick Scott vetoed almost $12 billion Friday from the $83 billion budget he signed, including more than $409 million in special legislative projects. Most of the veto amount was in Scott’s rejection of the $11.4 billion public school budget, which also led to his call for lawmakers to return for a special session next week. Another big chunk was the $114.5 million he cut for projects set aside for some of the state’s universities. Scott vetoed $15 million that had been allocated for the Florida Gulf Coast University School of Integrated Watershed and Coastal Studies. Another $15 million rejected had been proposed for the Florida International University School of International and Public Affairs. Florida State University lost $8 million to build an Interdisciplinary Research Commercialization lab.

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