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Crist wants $100 mil more for universities, but from where?

Gov. Charlie Crist just announced his proposal for a $7.1 billion higher education budget that includes $100 million more in annual base funding for the 11 universities. Yet nowhere in the press release does it say where that money will come from in the state budget, which is projected to be anywhere from $1 billion to $3 billion in the hole for 2010-11.

He also wants a $67-million increase for Florida’s 28 community colleges "to meet rising enrollment without increasing tuition." Will the extra cash come from the gambling compact that doesn't yet exist, as he proposes for his K-12 budget?

The proposal came on the same day he booted former Gov. Jeb Bush's appointees from the board that oversees the universities, and within hours of the Board of Governors unveiling its initiative to secure $1.75 billion more in state funding over the next 5 years for universities.

But talk to legislative leaders, and the proposals sound like fairyland wishes.

Senate president Jeff Atwater earlier this week said universities are likely to face cuts -- not significant hikes. He called Crist's budget proposals so far "optimistic." And House Speaker designate Dean Cannon said the university funding proposal is "ambitious."

"You can’t look at any budget item in a vacuum, they all impact all the other priorities," he said. "There are components of some of the things that Gov. Crist has proposed that sound good. Our job is to assemble a budget that reflects what revenues we have available and spends them wisely."

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Mary Diaz

Governor Crist, can start by making changes in the Power the Florida Parole Commission has in sending back thousands of men and women that at this time their are 12,000 in prison on technical violations and the Governor ignores the letters he receives. It has been requeted by concerned Florida Tax Payers.
The Florida Parole Commission can send back to prison for years someone on a :Technical Violation: No NEW CRIME COMMITTED.
IT CAN BE FOR: LATE CURFEW, FAILING A DRUG TEST, MISSING A SUPERVISED APPOINTMENT.
IT COST FLORIDA TAX PAYERS TO KEEP 12,000 PEOPLE IN PRISON OVER 250 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.
NOW, this is if they are healthy, if they need medical care you can add a few million more dollars.
No one supervises the decisions the Florida Parole Commission when they make the decision to send someone back to prison.
With the UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 12.1% IN FLORIDA
I am sure the Fl. Parole Commissioners want job security the more men and women they send back to prison they get to keep their jobs!
Costing the Tax payers millions of dollars.
CUTTING EDUCATION, COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS, HEALTHCARE, ELDERLY CARE BENEFITS, LAW ENFORCEMENT!
Contact the Governor and your political representatives which have all made aware of the abuse and misuse you of the tax payers money by the Florida Parole Commission.
MAKE THEM ACCOUNTABLE TO GIVE YOU AN EXPLANATION WHY FLORIDA IS FACING A FINANCIAL DEPRESSION!
Crimlawfla@aol.com

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