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More than 100 emails pour into Scott's office on Poly split -- all opposed



Gov. Rick Scott has still not received the bill that would split USF Polytechnic off immediately into the state's 12th university, and he still hasn't said whether or not he'll sign it. But in the meantime, he's getting plenty of advice from constituents on the subject.

Scott's office tells us that more than 130 e-mails about SB 1994 have come in over the past few weeks -- and not one is in favor of it.

The bill was pushed through this legislative session by Senate budget chairman JD Alexander. It short-cuts a plan already laid out by the Florida Board of Governors to allow USF Poly to become independent only after meeting a number of benchmarks, like a minimum enrollment and accreditation. 

A sampling from Scott's inbox: 

1. the board of governors, whose job it is to oversee the university system, spent time and money and worked out a plan that follows proper protocol for accreditation and was an appropriate solution for all, Current and future students, faculty and administration.

2. The push by Alexander is only self promoting, which is the root of the situation that the country and the state are currently in. It has no merit for the good of Polk County, the State of Florida or the University system.

3. Government was created to be a voice for the people and decisions are to be made with the majority in mind, NOT for the personal gain or benefit of the few and/or powerful.

Let the board of governors do their job. Stand for what is right!


We have a 1.4 billion dollar deficit in this state. We do not need to be bullied into a Polytechnic University we cannot afford, with a campus that does not exist, Neither do we need the Heartland Parkway which benefits no one but Senator Alexander.

With a net value of some 10 million dollars, if Senator Alexander wants to be remembered in Lakeland, he should personally endow this university. Now that is the way to be remembered and admired, NOT by siphoning off the hard earned money of the taxpayers.


I would like to encourage to veto the 35 million for the Heartland Parkway and the creation of a 12th University. Nothing has changed it is the same old crony capitalism that still prevails in Tallahassee.

I am amazed in a time where there are so many draconian cuts to so many needed services and our dedicated state workers that the legislature would even think about spending money on a road to no where and a new university while you are making cuts to all the other existing colleges.

As a small business owner who struggles each day to keep our doors open I feel there are much better things that you could do with that money that could benefit all the people of this great state instead of allowing the back handed deals that benefit only a few.

I hope you will stand with the people not the self serving politicians in Tallahassee.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 1:56pm]


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