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Legislative Budget Update
April 28, 2021
 
As we approach the end of the 2021 Legislative Session, which was one of the most challenging for higher education in many years, we want to thank Governor Ron DeSantis, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez, and our Legislative Delegation for their support in mitigating significant proposed cuts to FIU.

On behalf of our office, we also want to thank everyone who responded to our urgent requests (many after hours or on weekends) for data, information, reports, and analysis. 

Below is a brief overview of the Higher Education appropriations process this session, its proposed impact on FIU, and a breakdown of proposed cuts from April 8 through April 27, 2021. Additionally, FIU was appropriated $7.15 million, making it one of the 10 State University System PECO projects, for renovation and remodeling of the Computer, Arts, Sciences and Education (CASE) Building at MMC. 

A more comprehensive report, including all appropriated and re-appropriated line items, and other bills of interest, will be shared in the coming days. 
2021 Higher Education Appropriations Process Recap
Florida higher education budget bumped over university cuts
Published April 19, 2021

The Florida House and Senate on Monday night were unable to iron out any piece the state’s higher education budget, with the chambers divided on how to implement some $223 million in university cuts...

The Senate’s plan for cutting universities is based in part on how much federal Covid-19 relief money schools scored, Plasencia said. The House is against that methodology because the coronavirus cash was earmarked for universities based on how many students are eligible for Pell Grants, Plasencia said.

Based on that strategy, schools like the University of Central Florida and Florida International University would be “disproportionally” cut, Plasencia said.

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Legislature cuts two financial aid programs, avoids major reductions for universities
Published April 26, 2021

In final budget talks, Florida lawmakers largely backed off from major cuts to Florida universities and colleges but remained insistent on slashing two long-standing college financial aid programs for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Progression of Proposed Budget Cut Impact on FIU 
Final Budget
On Tuesday, April 27th, the proposed budget was laid on the desk for its Constitutionally required three-day "cooling off" period. After this period, the budget can be debated and voted on by both chambers. Once the budget is passed, it will be sent to Governor Ron DeSantis for review. The Governor may veto the entire budget or any line item (project, program). It is rare for a Governor to veto the entire budget, but Governor DeSantis will most likely veto some items. 
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