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State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, today announced that he will launch a campaign for the Florida House. He will be seeking the newly created House District 36 seat, which encompasses large portions of western Pasco County.
Late yesterday, the state Senate approved a plan to make USF’s Polytechnic campus the state’s 12th university. Only four lawmakers voted against it.
In a move that is sure to rile some state lawmakers, Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, has filed a budget amendment that would take $3 million from the Department of Agriculture’s “Farm Calendar” and put it towards the University of South Florida’s School of Pharmacy, to help offset deep cuts to the university in the proposed budget.
The contentious battle over funding for the University of South Florida continued yesterday, with state lawmakers killing a plan that would have held back $25 million from the school next year. Some legislators, however, are still concerned that the school could face a cut of nearly 44 percent — a significantly higher number than any other state university.
Gov. Rick Scott yesterday announced the reappointment of Ava Parker and the appointments of Joseph Caruncho and Thomas Kuntz to the State University System’s Board of Governors. Caruncho, a Palmetto Bay native, is the co-founder and COO of Preferred Care Partners Inc., and previously worked as a corporate health care attorney. As we’ve previously reported, Preferred Care poured money into Republican Party coffers last year, donating at least $190,000.
State Sens. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, and Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, have sent a joint letter to the chair of the Florida Board of Governors, Ava Parker, responding to a letter she sent last month to the St. Petersburg Times.
USF Polytechnic Interim CEO David Touchton said last week that he wants to take a hard look at the school’s spending practices, and plans on reevaluating some of the key projects of former Chancellor Marshall Goodman.