As we predicted a year ago, the state’s unnecessary 12th university is going to cost far more than supporters claimed, and there will be little return on the investment.
Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature created Florida Polytechnic as a favor to former state Sen. J.D. Alexander. The man who controlled the Senate budget allegedly threatened to slash higher education spending if the Board of Governors, which runs the state university system, didn’t back his plan to separate the University of South Florida Polytechnic in Lakeland from the University of South Florida.
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