USF's Genshaft Optimistic About Fending Off Senate Budget Cuts

USF President Judy Genshaft at Tampa International Airport
TAMPA (2012-2-14) -

University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft sounded a positive note Tuesday night, after a flight to Tallahassee where she lobbied against a 58 percent proposed cut in USF's funding.

There, she lobbied about twenty people - mostly lawmakers who will vote on the state Senate's proposed budget. It would cut nearly 60 percent of USF's state appropriations. That's one fifth of a proposed $400 million that would be cut from the entire university system - even though USF is one of 11 state universities

"We have a great friend in the House in Representative-Speaker Designate Will Weatherford," she said. "And many others in the House that have a very different budget, have a very different formulation for the budget, and are absolutely on a different wavelength than the Senate."

Genshaft says several busloads of USF students are heading up to Tallahassee to testify Wednesday before lawmakers. But she cautioned there are at least three more weeks of budget negotiations, so she expects to be a regular on the flights to the state capital.

Click HERE for a USF graphic of how the budget cuts would affect the university.

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