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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Love the Sunshine

Well it looks like the House and Senate have finished their 'sunshine' budget conferences on higher education. I found it amazing how fast they closed the gap in conference (not). I'll never be good at politics because I find it hard to lie to someone straight to their face and smile the whole time I do it. Budget cuts to UF will be somewhere between 40-50 million which is about 1/2 of what the planned budget cuts were for. I suppose we should be happy about that, but the truth is that 50 million still allows the administration to rid themselves of whatever they don't particularly value and that might include my own department. We shall see. I suspect that UF is already looking at its options even given the preliminary numbers. If I hear anything, I'll post it here.


Joe Meert


At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Joe.

We are all anxiously awaiting Tigert's call on this one.

At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Karen said...

...and equally anxiously awaiting hearing the latest posted here... You can't know how grateful some of us out-of-towners are to you for fighting the good fight and keeping us all informed.

At 11:40 PM, Blogger RBH said...

Well, it's better than it could have been, but "better," of course, is a relative term. Thanks for the update, Joe.

At 6:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a comparison:
We thought Florida's budget was big at $65 billion? Well, New York City's is very close behind at $58 billion. And it's workforce is 280,000.
Imagine that in a city. It should be a state!


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