In negotiating next year’s budget, both the House and Senate decide to base $200 million in spending for the state university system on performance, a figure much higher than originally proposed by Gov. Rick Scott.
Under the proposal, universities would take $100 million from existing budgets, and another $100 million will be in new funding.
Distribution of the money would be through a formula, based on a Florida Board of Governors proposal.
Sen. Bill Galvano said he and other lawmakers are deciding on capping the amount a university with low scores can lose.
“The big difference that we have with the House right now is they have a floor on it, and we want real skin in the game for the universities,” said Galvano.
Under the board’s plan, schools face 1 percent reductions in current funding if they fail to meet certain benchmarks. Scott’s original idea was only $80 million in performance funding, with $40 million in new money.
Lawmakers face an April 29 deadline to complete negotiations for the budget beginning July 1.