Jim Murdaugh

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Tallahassee's higher education establishment is warily eyeing university and community college plans in the House and Senate. Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community college leaders are looking to opposite legislative chambers for support.

Tallahassee Community College President Jim Murdaugh spent Thursday morning in Washington D.C. answering questions about college affordability. The U.S Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions asked about financial literacy, rising tuition costs, online courses, among other topics.

The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce “Improvements Review Team” is getting behind a campaign by Leon County Schools to extend a half-cent sales tax set to expire in November.  Chairman Jim Murdaugh, said it’s clear the schools need the tax.

“The $621-million that they’re asking for to cover the basic needs of the school system are in fact real, they’re valid and absent those dollars they will have no financial means to meet those needs," Murdaugh said.