State/National News

Chopping Higher Education



By TBO.COM | Staff
Published: May 08, 2012 Updated: May 08, 2012 – 12:00 AM

There always is debate about what should be done to attract new businesses and bolster economic development. But one investment has consistently proved its ability to create jobs, build wealth and generate new enterprises: higher education.

Yet Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders are allowing the state university system to languish, cutting higher education by more than 25 percent since 2008, though the universities have gained more than 20,000 students during that time. State leaders slashed $300 million this year, even as they created a new university, Florida Polytechnic, a half-baked venture that will be a drain on scarce dollars.

This is no way to revive the state’s economy.

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