The mood among Florida's state universities is far different than a year ago, when they felt blind-sided by state budget cuts and were powerless to prevent them.
House and Senate leaders say they plan to boost funding for the 12 public universities by over $100 million this year, in addition to restoring $300 million cut from university budgets last year. Some of the money will be tied to university performance.
The University of Florida and Florida State University would receive even more money, as much as $30 million, as part of a proposal to grant them special status as the state's top-ranked institutions.
House leaders are even considering a 6 percent tuition increase that would add $37 million to the schools' coffers.
"We're having a very good legislative session," university system chancellor Frank Brogan said this week.