Carl Hiaasen: The Most Useless University In AmericaMay 29th, 2012 5:59 pm Carl Hiaasen
At a time when Florida’s 11 state universities are financially gasping, the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott are throwing $50 million away on a whimsical new school that might as well be called Useless State.
It’s the work of a Lake Wales Republican named J.D. Alexander, who — sadly for taxpayers — chaired the powerful Senate Budget Committee.
Alexander is leaving the Legislature because of term limits, but as a going-away present he demanded that his colleagues fund a new university in his home district. And then he basically stomped his little feet and held his breath and huffily threatened to gut another school’s budget if he didn’t get his way.
And most of his fellow Republicans, including our governor, caved in like the phonies and wimps they are.
As a result, Floridians are paying for a new university that we don’t need, and is already millions over budget before the first class meets. It’s a foolhardy and very expensive mistake, and its name is Florida Polytechnic.