• Petitioned Florida Government Senate

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Florida Government Senate

Have equal budget cuts across the Florida State University System

    1. Juan Gonzalez
    2. Petition by

      Juan Gonzalez

      Tampa, FL

The Florida Senate has released the Senate's budget recommendations over the weekend and revealed a disproportionate cut to the University of South Florida (USF) in comparisons to the other state universities.

Of the $400 million recommended to be cut from the entire state university system, $79 million of that, or about 20 percent, would come from USF. The current USF budget from the government is $178 million, which would reduce USF's current budget by 56%.

While needs to cut the budget is understandable, a fair and equal cut amongst the state universities is the best option. 7 out of the 11 State University  system schools will be receiving a cut of 25% or less of their current budget.

I would like to collect 10,000 signatures to send to the Senate office in order to put an end to this budget and/or to redistribute the cuts to the Florida educational system.



From the USF Oracle which contained more information in regards to the budget. USF will have a total net loss of $128 Million from their current budget. $79 Million from the base budget, $25 Million for the transfer of Polytechnic to become a new institution, $18 Million to absorb all the faculty and staff that would more than likely have to be let go, and $6 Million to house the USF College of Pharmacy at USF Tampa campus.

This is a MASSIVE CUT that will not only effect USF but the Tampa Bay region as a whole! This can not be pushed forward.

A list of all the universities and their proposed percental budget cuts are below:
USF: 58.2% , UCF: 34.9% , FIU: 34.3% , FAU 34.7% , UF 25.8% , FSU 22.3% , UWF 16.3% , FAMU 12.8% , UNF 12.1% , New College 11.4% , FGCU 6.6%

Clearly something is wrong here.

This article can be found at usforacle.com


The USF Alumni Association has provided us with a wonderful resource to email your representatives in congress. The following links will direct you to the correct representative and provides you with a pre-written letter as well. I urge you to utilize this link after you sign the petition. Our voices can be heard, all we need to do is speak up.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 10,000 signatures
    2. How to Email Your Legislator with a prewritten letter

      Juan Gonzalez
      Petition Organizer

      The Alumni Association at USF have made it very easy to email your appropriate legislator. Please use the link provided to email your legislator to stop this budget from moving forward! Thank you again for helping put an end to this!

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. A great read about what is happening as this story develops

      Juan Gonzalez
      Petition Organizer

      An article written by the Tampa Bay Times, explains what is happening and who is behind this massive budget cut.

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday

      Juan Gonzalez
      Petition Organizer

      The Senate Budget Committee will be meeting Wed. Feb. 15 at 9:00 A.M. JD Alexander chairs the committee. Contact ANYONE you know in the legislature to kill this stuff. Below is list of Budget Committee members who are to meet Wed. morning--send them emails and phone them now:
      Chair: Senator JD Alexander ® Vice Chair: Senator Joe Negron ®

      Senator Thad Altman
      Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto
      Senator Michael S. "Mike" Bennett
      Senator Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff
      Senator Anitere Flores
      Senator Don Gaetz
      Senator Alan Hays
      Senator Arthenia L. Joyner (D)
      Senator Evelyn J. Lynn
      Senator Gwen Margolis (D)
      Senator Bill Montford (D)
      Senator Jim Norman
      Senator Nan H. Rich (D)
      Senator Garrett Richter
      Senator David Simmons
      Senator Gary Siplin (D)
      Senator Eleanor Sobel (D)
      Senator John Thrasher
      Senator Stephen R. Wise

    7. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Bryan Klein MAIMI, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      USF is a great school!!! Equal budget cuts are a must!!!

    • Vy Tran TAMPA, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I will attend USF in the summer. They cannot have this budget cut or else I'll have to consider going to another school.

    • Nicole Wheeler SEBASTIAN, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a student at USF, and this is a direct hit on us!

    • javan irving PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Im a student

    • Melissa Marston VALRICO, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I go to USF and it's already very expensive, but still worth attending, due to the fact that it is a good school. If the budget is cut 72%, I would not only not be able to attend due to finances, but I would see the school that I've grown to love suffer by means of its students, faculty, and programs.


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