TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (TBO.com) - An additional $2 million was added to the Senate’s spending-plan for the USF St. Petersburg business school Thursday as members of a budget panel considered a total of 53 amendments.

The Senate’s budget now includes $15 million for the school, which tops the House’s proposed funding level by roughly $5.5 million.

USF St. Petersburg had $5 million in the current year budget for the College of Business. The school, though, needs an additional $20 million.

Business classes are currently held at a number of locations. The school is working to build the school at the “Piano man” Building, which is currently used for faculty offices and classrooms.

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