TALLAHASSEE — One of the biggest selling points Sen. JD Alexander made last year as he pushed to create a new state university in Lakeland was that it would initially cost little to no extra money.
But Florida Polytechnic University's new board of trustees is preparing to ask for exactly that — $25 million in additional funding to aid with construction, according to the Lakeland Ledger.
The news has Rep. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, fuming.
"The bottom line here is that we were not told the truth," Fasano said Friday. "And that this boondoggle, a 12th university, will cost the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars for years to come. A university that was not needed and was all to accommodate one state senator."
It's far from certain that the university will get the money it is requesting. Alexander has since left the Senate, and one of the school's other supporters — House budget Chairman Rep. Seth McKeel — has yet to offer his support.
"Chair McKeel did have an informal meeting with Florida Polytech to generally discuss an overview of their progress, but no formal request for funding was made," spokeswoman Kristen McDonald said in an email.