TBO.com: Tampa Bay Online, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times - breaking news and weather.
Monday, May 25, 2015

Fresh Squeezed

A Florida Politics Blog

Made fresh, never frozen, here's the juice on local and state politics from the staff of The Tampa Tribune and The St. Petersburg Tribune.

Available on iTunes

Florida House, Senate unveil education spending plans


Published:

The Senate education appropriations subcommittee released its $20.6 billion budget proposal Wednesday, just one day after the House education appropriations subcommittee released its proposed $20.7 billion spending plan.

“In general, there’s not a big delta between the House and the Senate at this point,” said Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, the chairman of the Senate education appropriations subcommittee.

The Senate proposal sets aside $18.9 billion for K-12 public school education; the House plan proposed more than $19 billion for K-12 public school education in fiscal 2014-15.

Both proposals surpass that which Gov. Rick Scott, R-Naples, proposed earlier this year. Scott in January proposed spending $18.84 billion on K-12 public schools.

Galvano is proposing $6,955 be spent on each student in the state’s K-12 public education system. That’s a $175 increase, or 2.58 percent, over the current year’s rate of $6,780 per student.

The House has proposed spending $6,988 on each student, an increase of nearly $208, or 3.07 percent, over the current year’s rate.

Scott’s spending plan proposed spending $6,948 per student, a $168 increase, or 2.48 percent, over the current year’s rate.

When it comes to higher education, the Senate has proposed spending $1.15 billion on the state’s colleges and $4.3 million on the state’s universities. The House proposal calls for $1.18 billion to be spent on the state’s colleges; while $4.26 billion on the state’s universities.

Scott’s spending plan called on state lawmakers to budget $1.17 billion for the state’s colleges and $4.21 billion for the state’s universities.

Subscribe to The Tampa Tribune


Comments