Change the way our state universities do business
Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 11:47 p.m.
I agree that the Board of Governors should set tuition at state universities. Our government demands excellence in education but consistently underfunds schools K-12 and colleges/universities; yet they give tax exemptions to people and businesses politically connected. An example is sky box holders who are exempted from paying sales tax. If they can afford to buy sky boxes, they can pay the tax!
The University of Florida could net some savings by keeping computers a little longer; they replace many excellent, reasonably up-to-date computers and sell the old ones as surplus at very low prices. How about donating some of those to local schools?
A lot of excellent condition furniture and expensive equipment gets sent to surplus and they're sold for a fraction of what they'd bring at an auction. One employee wanted to keep his comfortable office chair but wasn't allowed to because it didn't fit the new decor; his new chair cost $600! Multiply that by all the times these things occur and you get a large amount of wasted money.
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