Senate drops language holding back funding linked to handover of USF Polytechnic

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The Senate Budget Committee dropped controversial language that would have held back $25 million in funding for the University of South Florida until it handed over all the property of USF Polytechnic as part of an initiative to make the Lakeland campus independent reports the News Service of Florida. The budget conforming bill containing the change (SPB 7100) would still create an independent Florida Polytechnic University. But the change seemed to largely soothe Tampa Bay-area lawmakers who had sharply criticized withholding the money. “This shows democracy works,” said Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa.

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