Florida Senate Passes Budget

The Senate and House have about two weeks to forge an agreement on a budget proposal that will be sent to Gov. Scott.


USF President Judy Genshaft addresses the media Thursday afternoon.                                               Photo: Aimee Blodgett | USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2012) – The Florida Senate, in a 33-6 vote, Thursday afternoon passed a $71 billion spending plan, which is about $2 billion more than the House version.


The two chambers now have about two weeks to work out differences and send a proposed budget to Gov. Rick Scott before the Legislative session concludes March 9.


Both the Senate and House budgets call for significant cuts in state funding for public universities.


Following the Senate vote, University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft issued a statement:


“Today was a good day for the University of South Florida and for the Tampa Bay Region. I want to thank the community for their tremendous outpouring of support for USF and our efforts to achieve equitable treatment. I especially want to express my sincere thanks to Senators Jim Norman and Arthenia Joyner and the rest of the Tampa Bay Senators who fought so hard for USF and for our Region. 


“It was an important meeting we had with Senators Alexander, Lynn and others to state our concerns about the proposed Senate cuts to USF.  We will continue to work constructively with these Senators and our whole Tampa Bay delegation towards a compromise solution that protects all of USF's students, faculty and staff and ensures financial security for USF and full funding for our new College of Pharmacy.


“A lot of positive progress has been made in the last two weeks and we are sincerely grateful for everyone's continuing efforts as we move towards a solution,” Genshaft said.


For more information on the budget, click here.