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Deal reached on higher education spending



The House and Senate tonight came to an agreement on proposed higher education spending.

The negotiated deal would hike base tuition by 8 percent at colleges and universities and reduce Bright Future scholarships by roughly 20 percent. Universities would likely seek another 7 percent increase from the Board of Governors.
The two sides agreed to keep H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center funded at $9.6 million for its doctor training program. The Senate had originally cut that amount to $5.4 million.
The deal could always be undone by House and Senate leaders but for, now, higher education spending is one of the few areas close to being ready for a full vote of the legislature.
One major outstanding issue is spending on university and college capital projects. That will be negotiated by House and Senate leadership.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 28, 2011 9:00pm]


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