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John Romano column: Senators try to explain the inexplicable on USF budget cuts

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February

They are not all liars. That's important to understand.

Some members of the Florida Senate seem to genuinely believe what they are doing and saying is completely honest, pure and without agenda.

So, no, they are not all liars.

Which means some may just be morons.

It was stunning to listen to these legislators try to explain the inexplicable on Wednesday. To hear them say the University of South Florida had no reason to be angry about a fatwa disguised as a budget.

When asked how they arrived at seemingly random cuts that singled out USF, these lawmakers talked a lot about cash reserves. Said it was all about taking money from schools that had the fattest savings accounts and could absorb the biggest cuts.

So how is it that Florida State, which far outdistanced every other university in cash reserves, endured substantially smaller cuts than four other schools?

Column here.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2012 11:05am]

    

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