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Monday, April 27, 2009

Life Goes On

Lots of news today about the Florida budget mess, but not any of it is all that interesting. Basically, the leaders of the House and Senate are trying to cover their future political asses (and here I'm talking about the republicans). Rep Cannon is poised to take over leadership of the House and he wants to have a very lean budget so that he can campaign for future office without having to impose higher taxes during his term as speaker. His solution is to cut funding to higher education (among other targets). Meanwhile over on the other side of the aisle is Sen Atwater who has political aspirations for governor or US Senate but does not want the baggage of being the one who killed the University system in florida. Charlie Crist meanwhile just wants everybody to get along and does not say much at all because whatever he says might be held against him in his bid for the US Senate. In the meantime, the state faces a $40,000/day extra session because their political aspirations take precedent over their job.

Still, today was a good day because I found out my proposal to do more work in India will be funded.


Joe Meert


At 6:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, today our legislature skirted right around the higher education issue.

Perhaps they are waiting for things to cool down after all of the recent protests. They may be hoping that proponents of the universities will quickly go away now that the semester is at end.

At 8:04 PM, Blogger Joe Meert said...

Perhaps. Most of us plan on being in their face the whole legislative session (and overtime)!

At 5:56 AM, Anonymous SteveF said...

Hi Joe,

Slightly off topic (although about india), I assume you've seen the new paper by Stefan Bengtson in PNAS. I started a thread at Talk Rational, where you had previously discussed your research in this general area. I was wondering if you had any comment on this latest work:





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