Have Sens. Jim Norman and JD Alexander come to a truce?
A day after Norman filed three amendments that would reduce the University of South Florida's total budget cut by a total of $55 million, the Tampa Republican has signed off with Alexander on two substitute amendments that would give USF back a fraction of that money.
Still not addressed: the conforming bill slipped into the budget that would immediately split USF's Polytechnic campus into the 12th university.
Norman's original amendments would have given USF back $6 million for its pharmacy school, $16 million to cover USF Poly faculty and staff the main university would need to absorb in a split and about $33 million extra that would make the cut to USF more comparable to similar institutions.
The debate heads to the Senate floor today.
On Wednesday, Norman promised a "showdown." Could this apparent compromise mean they'll all be singing Kumbayah instead?