Differences over higher education budget bumped to Alexander, Grimsley

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The main sticking points in the higher education budget will move up to negotiations between Senate Budget Chairman JD Alexander, R-Lake Wales, and House Appropriations Chairwoman Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, reports the News Service of Florida. The House-Senate conference committee taking a first stab at hammering out a deal agreed Thursday evening that it would not be able to resolve some of the highest-profile issues in the spending plan for colleges and universities. Among them: Whether to write into law a plan to convert the University of South Florida’s Lakeland campus into an independent Florida Polytechnic University, a priority of Alexander’s, and how to divvy up almost $300 million in cuts to universities, who would then dip into their reserves to fill the hole.

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