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State College Presidents Speak Out Against Proposed Budget Cuts

State College Presidents Speak Out Against Proposed Budget Cuts
Posted at 5:05 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 14:41:09-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - State college presidents, students and several lawmakers gathered at the State Capitol Thursday, speaking about the potential impact of proposed budget cuts for the upcoming fiscal year.

Both the House and Senate have laid out plans calling for millions of dollars in funding reductions for Florida's 28 two-year state and community colleges.

Supporters of the schools say the cuts will hurt non-traditional students who find it difficult to go straight to a traditional four-year university.

Pasco-Hernando State College President Tim Beard also says state and community colleges are often overlooked for the services they provide, when compared to universities.

The Florida Senate is looking to increase university funding by more than ten percent next year, while cutting the budget of state colleges.

In the house, both colleges and universities are looking at a loss of money for the 2017-18 fiscal year.