Universities Urge Scott Not to Veto Construction Projects

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

May 20, 2011

Universities pleaded with Gov. Rick Scott not to veto $137 million for construction and maintenance of classroom buildings in the budget. “As you review the budget that was presented to you by the Legislature, please know that the Board of Governors fully supports the PECO projects that were included in the (budget),” said Board of Governors Chair Ava Parker in a letter to Scott. “Significant investment in our public universities – as well as attention to deferred maintenance issues – is vital and creates thousands of new jobs.” Scott is combing the budget for savings, he said earlier this week, and universities and colleges are concerned he might choose to veto money needed for construction projects. Last year, Gov. Charlie Crist did veto some PECO projects for universities. PECO stands for Public Education Capital Outlay and it is a fund used for school construction at the K-12, college and university level. This year some of the projects vetoed by Crist made it back into the budget. Scott has until June 1 to sign the budget.

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  • by granny Location: Live Oak on May 20, 2011 at 06:08 PM
    We all know there has to be cuts but everyone says not me !
  • by Hiz Honor, Rick Scott on May 20, 2011 at 09:32 AM
    On your KNEES, all of you lowly college presidents. Bow DOWN to your lord and master. Beg for the scraps from my table. Good doggies.
  • by Gwinn Location: 32346 on May 20, 2011 at 07:50 AM
    Just another example of politicians cutting our child's education funding and yet wanting to pass bills like the "Dream Act" to help get them elected or re elected in 2012. The "Dream Act" will give free education to illegals already here in this country. It also helps insure that their other family members get to be legal American Citizens. They can appeal and get them and their family the right to stay here for 8-12 years awaiting a decision on their appeals. Meanwhile our college students are paying higher tuitions, no longer qualify for grants or sholarships, and must pay for years just to get a minumum education. Some of our high school & college students are taking online basic classes just to save money. They pass the tests,but they don't learn as much as if they attended class& asked for help when needed. Illegals move into neighbors & run the ethinic & blacks out. Their children can't be out at night for drive by shootings. Ask those who live in N.Ga.& Atlanta. Is it fair?
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