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Education officials urge Scott to put down veto pen

by John Kennedy | May 19th, 2011

State education officials are trying to get Gov. Rick Scott to back away from his veiled threat earlier this week to veto millions of dollars in college and university building projects to ease the state’s rising tide of red ink.

Ava Parker, chair of the State University System’s Board of Governors, wrote Scott assuring him Thursday that the robust list of bond-financed projects — topping $123 million– was needed repairs, renovations and expansions by the schools.

Governor, you can be assured that the entire list of State University System PECO projects as listed in the 2011 state budget on your desk adheres to all standards, were approved by their respective university boards of trustees, and are among the top priorities for the State University System,” Parker wrote, urging the chief executive to contact her or Chancellor Frank Brogan before wielding his veto pen.

Locally, among the projects is $3.2 million for new roofs and other maintenance at Florida Atlantic University.

More troubling, however, may be the $46 million worth of campus expansion, new buildings and renovations wedged in by Senate budget chief J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, for his favored University of South Florida Polytechnic in Lakeland.

More than $100 million in Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) projects for the state college system also is getting a close look. Included among them is $7.3 million for a west campus building at Palm Beach State College.

The governor also may be looking toward at least one that could be seasoned with pork: a $7 million classroom building at Pasco-Hernando Community College, included in the budget late and in the hometown of House speaker-in-waiting Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel.

 Scott has until June 1 to act on the $69.7 billion budget approved earlier this month by lawmakers.

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7 Responses to “Education officials urge Scott to put down veto pen”

  1. Just Saying Says:

    To bad to sad, veto this Scott everyone else is having to make cuts. The State Universitys should get budget cuts like the rest of the k-12 Schools in this state.

  2. D Says:

    @ “Just Saying”: first of all is “too bad, too sad” and “universities” it is quite obvious and un-educated person (such as YOURSELF) can serve as a prime example that the these cuts should not take place. Thank you very much for discrediting your point and in return, proving mine.

  3. Tragic Consequences Says:

    Veto? Why, this is another chance for the job killing governor to reach his goal of 700,000 lost jobs.

  4. Hey D Says:

    @”D”:
    First of all, did you mean to write “and un-educated” or “an uneducated”?

    Second, did you mean to write “YOURSELF” or “you”? “Yourself” should only be used if “you” is the subject. For example: “You do yourself no favors by picking on the grammar of others.”

    And what does this say about you (note: not “yourself”)?

    Just asking…

  5. Kevin Says:

    The phrase of the day is: a balanced budget.

    You can’t spend money you don’t have. We’ve made cuts at our house and at our business. It is rude of any governmental office to think they should not be subject to the same percentage of cuts we are all making. We are all in this together and everyone needs to do your part. We have a balanced budget compared to texas with a 26 billion dollar shortfall. If you don’t believe in a balanced budget there are plenty of states you can move to that don’t have one.

    There will be plenty of time in the near future to expand and build. You build when you have money though. You don’t borrow money.

    Florida is getting back on track and learning to only spend what it has. And btw, with the tax cuts and lower property taxes. I add two new employees. But I only hire people with my views. So do many others. Maybe that is why it is so hard for some of you nuts out there to find a job.

  6. limpwrist Says:

    Rick Scott has a mob associate in his leadership coalition. Meet Joe Ardolina of American Truck Sales. He’s a former vice president in the now defunct H&W Refuse Service whose president was Anthony Carione, fingered by law enforcement along with his brother Frank Carione, as then active figures in the underworld. Another brother, Joseph Carione, plead guilty to defrauding the government as a co-defendant in a case that involved Colombo crime boss Andrew Russo. bit.ly/edERUe

  7. Sick of Repugs Says:

    Let’s see if Scott is as big a hypocrite as his legislative colleagues. The Repugnants ring their hands and talk about how tough it is to cut the budget, but they always find money for the things they really care about. I hope the Jascksonville mayor race is a portent of things to come for the Repugnants.

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