Senate plans for higher ed don't jibe with House proposal
From the Buzz:
A Senate draft spending plan for higher education holds the line on base tuition but would reduce the Bright Futures scholarships by $1,000 and suspend new enrollment in the Florida Prepaid College program.
The draft budget presented today by Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, chairwoman of the higher education appropriations committee, is $6.8 billion, a $320 million (or 4.5 percent) decrease from the current year. A large part of that difference is due to the loss of $329.3 million in federal stimulus funds.
A House plan released on Wednesday raises base tuition that universities and colleges charge and also sets higher standards to qualify for Bright Futures. The Senate plan takes neither of those steps.