TALLAHASSEE — An additional $2 million was added to the Senate’s spending-plan for the USF St. Petersburg business school Thursday as members of a budget panel considered a total of 53 amendments.
The Senate’s budget now includes $15 million for the school, which tops the House’s proposed funding level by roughly $5.5 million.
USF St. Petersburg had $5 million in the current year budget for the College of Business. The school, though, needs an additional $20 million.
Business classes are currently held at a number of locations. The school is working to build the school at the “Piano man” Building, which is currently used for faculty offices and classrooms.
The $2 million was taken from Indian River State College, which originally had the money allocated to it for classroom renovations.
Like the more than 50 amendments passed during the Senate Budget Committee meeting, the USF amendment, sponsored by Senate Budget Chief Joe Negron, R-Stuart, was passed with no debate.
The committee than passed its underlying $74.9 billion budget. The plan is $700 million larger than the current year budget.
The House Appropriations Committee passed its $75.3 billion plan on a 21-6 vote Wednesday. Both budgets will now face floor votes where they can be further amended.
After the legislature agrees on a final plan it goes to Gov. Rick Scott, who has the ability to veto funding pots and programs.