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Stetson University's Sage Hall project vetoed by governor
Daytona State projects also cut from Florida budget
By Joe Crews
posted Jun 2, 2014 - 5:46:43pm
Projects at Stetson University in DeLand and Daytona State College’s Flagler campus were both vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott, who trimmed nearly $69 million from the state’s budget with his line-item veto.
Legislators had earmarked $3.25 million in the spending plan so Stetson could renovate Sage Science Center and Lab.
"We are disappointed that the funding for this important project has been cut from the state’s budget,” said Robert Huth, the university’s CFO and vice president of business. “Stetson University is continuing to grow and the need for more investment in STEM-related education is growing as well. Each year, Stetson brings additional jobs and increased investment into Volusia County. The appropriation for the science center would have facilitated that happening more quickly."
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.
The state funding would have allowed Stetson to expand Sage Hall, adding more faculty offices and more labs for life-sciences classes within two years.
Daytona State managed to get $850,000 in the budget for a classroom/lab/office building with parking at its Palm Coast campus, but that, too, was excised by Scott.
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