Florida Lawmakers Seek to Give Top Universities a Multimillion-Dollar Boost

Florida's two best-known public universities are poised to benefit from legislation meant to improve their prestige as well as their bottom lines.

The state's Legislature has passed a bill that would designate Florida State University and the University of Florida as "pre-eminent" universities and would give each institution an extra $15-million per year for five years to hire prominent faculty members and increase spending on research.

The University of Florida would also get