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Transcript of ASK THE GOVERNOR 0
As taped for radio release the week of 1 \
February 12, 1962 4 1 T I
(release for AMs, Monday, February 19)
It's time to "Ask the Governor," when Gove q arri>
Bryant answers questions based on letters and comments fr E da
QUESTION: Governor, many Floridians are curious for more
details on the tri-mester plan adopted for the state university
system. Just what will this mean to students enrolling next fall?
GOVERNOR: It will mean a great deal to them. For those
who enroll as freshmen next fall it means that instead of taking
four years to complete a degree they can complete such a degree in
less than three years if they desire to. And if they are going on
into further graduate professional work they can complete that in
correspondingly less time. It means, also, that they will be
attending school if they desire to do so, the year 'round, and this,
of course, will make for a change in their economics and other plans.
QUESTION: What sort of economic effect will it have on
our school operations?
GOVERNOR: It should reduce the load substantially, not
that we can expect the overall cost to be reduced, because the
expanding demand for higher education is one of the reasons for
adopting this program. It will mean that where you had, let's say
for example, 10,000 students in a university attending the first \
semester and then another or the same 10,000 the second semester,
you could theoretically have a third 10,000 attending the third
semester, or the same going for that much longer period of time,
and thereby derive a 50 percent additional benefit from the capital
facilities -- the libraries, buildings, etc., on the campus.
QUESTION: Well, this increased utilization of the campus
facilities, will it take any of the load off the pressing university
building program that has been much discussed?
GOVERNOR: Yes it will. It won't relieve us of the
necessity for going forward because with projected plans which call
for our present student body running about 65,000 to grow to
150,000 in a relatively few years. This plan, plus all the buildings
that we can afford will be necessary just to keep abreast, to say
nothing of keep ahead of the other states of the nation andof the
requirements of our young people.
One rather significant feature of this plan is the effect
on university professor's salaries. This will enable us to compete
in a better way for highest quality instructional staffs, by reason
of the fact that we are going to be able to employ professors on a
year 'round basis, and, therefore, be able to pay them higher
salaries than would be otherwise the case.
QUESTION: Now in connection with this university building
program you have spoken of a bond issue to finance some structures.
Is this leading Florida, as some would have us believe, down the
road toward deficit financing?
GOVERNOR: There ought to be certain things clearly
understood. First of all, Florida has been financing buildings on
this pay as you go basis for a long, long time. I think during the
last six or seven years there has been about $350 million worth of
various types of construction under this plan. This is a simple
plan under which the Development Commission builds a building and
then rents the rooms, rents the facilities,to those who use it. We
are using it now with the Industrial Commission, with the Welfare
Department, with the University System, in almost every agency of
government, and have been for a long time. This particular application
has drawn fire, but it is not different in principle.
QUESTION: How about the charge that your approach to this
is an invasion of the area of legislative prerogative?
GOVERNOR: On the contrary -- indeed quite on the contrary
-- we don't propose to build any building that the Legislature has
not appropriated for. We don't propose to do it by any means except
those that the Legislature has directed us to use -- or has
specifically authorized us to use. Rather than invading the
legislative prerogative, let me say that we are merely carrying out
the legislative mandate.
EVANS: Thank you, sir. If you have a question of general
interest you would like Governor Bryant to answer on this program,
jot it down on a post card and send it to "Ask the Governor," the
Governor's Office, Tallahassee, or in care of this station, which has
made available this time in the public interest. Be with us next week
when again we "Ask the Governor."