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Sansom's college is back for millions



Sansomchart House Speaker Ray Sansom's prowess for securing millions in tax money for his local college is about to be put to the test.

Though Northwest Florida State College, which now employs Sansom, wants $13.2-million in the upcoming fiscal year, the Department of Education is recommending only $748,000, according to records.

In the past, a small construction budget for the school has not stopped the Destin Republican. During the last two years, when he was the House's top budget writer, Sansom helped the college get $35-million above what had been budgeted.

But now Sansom is embroiled in controversy over taking a $110,000 job at the college on the same day he was sworn in as House speaker. (story here)


[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:10pm]


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