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FSU Budget Woes

April 15th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

Plans by Florida State University to close its Panama City Florida campus have generated some nasty emails between lawmakers and FSU President TK Wetherell. Representative Jimmy Petronis of Panama City suggested FSU look at closing foreign campuses before looking to his hometown. In the end, Patronis thinks the announced closure is a bluff.

I feel that the campus is safe,” Patronis said. “At this time of year, budgets are tight. Weve got 18 days to go and it is the leadership of the state university system and Florida State for that matter, to do everything possible to hold all of our campuses harmless. And if threatening a domestic campus is a way to get our attention, thats part of their strategy.

FSU has announced it is closing as many as 21 programs to meet declining funding.

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