FSU President Eric Barron on Florida Budget

By: Eric Barron, President, Florida State University
By: Eric Barron, President, Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida -- March 8, 2011 --

A message from the Florida State University President:

Fellow Seminoles:

The 2011 Florida Legislative Session opened with its usual speeches and ceremony, but the legislators are ready to hit the ground running. The issues of highest importance to our institution are many and complex, but the budget tops the list.

Even though the 60-day session officially opened yesterday, budget discussions have been underway since January. Florida lawmakers must reconcile a state budget absent the federal stimulus dollars of the past two years while faced with another potential $4.6 billion revenue short-fall. Legislative budget cuts of more than $80 million in recurring dollars over the last three years have taken their toll at FSU. And more cuts are a possibility again this session. Despite these budget challenges, FSU continues to rank among the best public institutions in the country, recognized by national publications as a "Budget Ivy" and a "best value." Consequently, our hurdle this session is to secure funding that will help us maintain our hard-earned quality in the face of budget cuts.

Other budget issues of great concern include the appropriation of our fair share of building construction funds (Public Education Capital Outlay), College of Medicine program funding, and the easing of the backlog of state matching dollars to the Challenge Grant Program, which enables university foundations to receive state matching funds for private, endowed contributions to the university.

With a new administration at the Capitol and new leadership in the House and Senate, it is vital for us to keep on top of issues affecting our university. To this end, we are creating an avenue for you to have a voice and connection with your local lawmakers. In the coming days, you will receive information announcing the launch of "Advocate for Florida State," a grassroots advocacy project created to inform and encourage supporters of Florida State University to communicate the university's goals and priorities, particularly during the Legislative Session. The website invites users to learn about FSU's legislative agenda and provides information on how to get involved with your elected representatives and senators.

We are excited about this new tool and look forward to working closely with you this Spring to make a difference on behalf of Florida State University.


Eric J. Barron President

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  • by JL Location: Central FL on Mar 10, 2011 at 07:58 AM
    I find it amusing that our latest Governor calls himself qualified for his "7-7-7" proposal based on his current actions. To eliminate over 8,000 state jobs, give tax breaks to businesses, decrease spending on education and unemployment will not only increase the number of people unemployed in the state of FL, but it will also mean that there will be less people making purchases and paying sales taxes, and possibly creating even more home foreclosures, meaning less people paying property taxes. Does this sound like a well thought-out decision to you? A few things need to happen: Repeal this legislation, throw Scott out of office, and repeal the Federal Reserve Act. Then and only then will we be able to see the light of day without owing a flock of private bankers billions of dollars in interest on our constantly-borrowed "Federal Reserve NOTES".
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Mar 9, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    Well Jim , people up here dont care about learning , they all wanna be football stars. I see it everywhere , especially in small towns , where kids have baseball EVERY school night. No time for homework. No wonder were churning out a generation of idiots.
  • by Jim Location: North Florida on Mar 9, 2011 at 01:39 PM
    How much money could FSU put into the medical school or other needed areas if it required all coaches to be paid from funds generated by the Seminole Boosters, gate receipts, bowl games etc. and not by State dollars. It's already done at one university.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Mar 9, 2011 at 01:06 PM
    FL BUDGET MADE SIMPLE......1 TRILLION for Illegals and their necessities. 60 Billion for Un needed Projects like rebuilding already functioning roads and bullet trains. 30 million for Politicians retirement fund . List goes on. NO money for those whod rather work , but are now forced onto Food Stamps , or switching from costly Natural gas to fuel home energy . Same ol msong just like California. In 5 years well be issuing I.O.U. s
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