Gov. Scott weighs veto of USF Poly
The possibility of turning USF's Lakeland campus into an independent, stand-alone university stirred emotions and much political tooth gnashing throughout the winter legislative session.
Now the proposal has landed in Gov. Rick Scott's lap. And he's trying to figure out how to handle the hot potato.
"The question on one side is going to be, is this something that we can afford. Can we afford a 12th university when we know it's difficult," Scott said in a Times/Herald interview, citing multibllion-dollar budget deficits in his first two years in office. "The other side of it is that people in the Lakeland area think they're underserved. It's going to be something I believe in — science, technology, engineering and math — so that's a real positive. But there's lots of arguments."
Scott acknowledged that whatever he decides, one side won't be pleased.
"I have people on both sides, and they're calling," Scott said. "The people in the Tampa area are very much opposed to it and the people in the Lakeland area are generally very supportive of it. And the rest of the state's not that engaged in the debate."