Well, here we are again. Another leader in the state budget process has slipped last minute money to a preferred recipient. Previously, it was Ray Sansom directing money to Northwest Florida State College, something that eventually cost him the Speakership and led to an indictment. This year, it’s Republican Senator J. D. Alexander securing a last minute $5 million request for USF’s Lakeland campus.
This last minute request is truly amazing in light of the fact that the state is expected to cut millions from higher education funding, and the request (at least in this dollar amount) was not part of the funding recommendations forwarded by the state’s Board of Governors.
This just serves to further highlight the fact that there is no equity in the budgeting process in Tallahassee—it truly depends on who you know.