The University of Florida, Florida State and Florida A&M universities and Tallahassee Community College are out about $64 million dollars because the state’s lawmakers have put a hold on matching grants for the 2008-09 school year. It’s a move that puts administrators in a bind.
Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp said he would reimburse the state $12,974 for flights his wife and son took aboard state planes after a newspaper investigated their travel. Florida law previously barred public officials from using state airplanes for commuting, but lawmakers quietly inserted language into a massive budget bill in July to permit the practice.