Florida Governor Rick Scott Vetoes $1.5 Million for FAMU Pharmacy Satellite in Crestview, Won’t Stop Fall Launch
[mpoverlay]Florida Governor Rick Scott yesterday vetoed a $1.5 million appropriation for the Florida A&M University School of Pharmacy satellite location in Crestview, FL., a move that some state officials say will slow, but not stall its opening this fall.
Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, said, “Some money will be transferred to FAMU that will cover that $1.5 million for this year and funds will be put back in as a recurring expense for next year. So it will not hold up the project; that’s the bottom line.”
Some $9.5 million in renovations are underway on the historic Alatex building in downtown Crestview that will house the FAMU satellite campus. The work will be completed prior to the school’s opening in August, officials have said. (Crestview News Bulletin)
School officials say the school will attract students from six colleges in the region, and will enroll 30 students in its first class. School officials expect the location to be at capacity in four years.
The vetoed funds would have covered operating expenses for location, including salary for faculty and staff.[/mpoverlay]