The news from Tallahassee is not good
At least for higher education. The house and senate are in 'double secret' negotiations and it appears that the house is swaying the senate towards their funding levels. In particular, one of the future republican leaders is arguing for huge cuts so that the budget can look good under his leadership. None of the discussion seems to focus on how bad things look for the Universities at the moment.
The 11 presidents of the state universities are converging on Tallahassee to complain about the house plan. They will argue for their respective universities, but as one news reporter said "They are likely to come away disappointed".
I've also been reading comments to articles about cuts to higher education and for the most part, people seem to think it's a good idea. There's not much looking to the future only statements like "We have to tighten our belts, so should higher education". Nevermind that we've been tightening our belts for the past 4 years! At some point, higher education in Florida will cease to be 'higher' and due to the past budget cuts, the dream of a top university is gone. We now have to struggle to stay mediocre.