Price tag on new med schools rises
Lawmakers will meet next month to slash at least $1-billion from the state's $71.5-billion budget, yet UCF and FIU administrators say they need more state money to get their recently approved medical schools up and running.
The Board of Governors meets in Tampa next week to consider legislative budget requests for next year, and they'll consider whether to ask lawmakers - you know, the ones they're suing over tuition-setting authority - for an additional $7.5-million in 2008-09 for UCF and FIU.
UCF and FIU officials say they'll need a total of $52.2-million from state coffers through 2014, or $11-million more than the Board of Governors had previously approved. Administrators say the extra money is needed mostly for the next few years, to hire enough faculty to meet accreditors' standards.