Is Rick Scott Signaling He’ll Veto JD Alexander’s USF Poly Split?


Writes the Tampa Bay Times Kim Wilmath:

Gov. Rick Scott has still not received the bill that would split USF Polytechnic off immediately into the state’s 12th university, and he still hasn’t said whether or not he’ll sign it. But in the meantime, he’s getting plenty of advice from constituents on the subject.

Scott’s office tells us that more than 130 e-mails about SB 1994 have come in over the past few weeks — and not one is in favor of it.

The bill was pushed through this legislative session by Senate budget chairman JD Alexander. It short-cuts a plan already laid out by the Florida Board of Governors to allow USF Poly to become independent only after meeting a number of benchmarks, like a minimum enrollment and accreditation.

Emphasis mine. Scott’s office wouldn’t have offered up that tidbit about the opposition emails if there wasn’t a chance at a veto. After all the chaos, wouldn’t it be ironic if Scott torpedoes the whole thing with his pen? What it would mean to the higher ed budget remains to be seen.

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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