St. Pete pork in the budget
Magically, the Legislature found $2.5 million to complete the total $7.5 million in full funding to create the C.W. Bill Young Government Institute at St. Petersburg College.
The college got the first $5 million for its funding last year and the earmark was among projects spared when Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a half a million in member projects last year. Young, himself, had lobbied for this institute, which the Times wrote about last year.The issue appears to have surfaced during conference negotiations, as there's no record of the project going into budget negotiations.