Former Florida Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham called Tuesday for a veto of $300 million in cuts to the state university system, arguing that the University of Florida's role in attracting the software company MindTree Limited to Gainesville showed the influence of state universities in job creation. 

"If we're going to have more MindTrees in Florida, we're not going to do it by mindless reductions in the capability of our state universities," he said. Graham spoke as part of a lecture series named for E.T York, the founder of UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and former state university system chancellor.

Later Tuesday, Graham delivered a lecture at his namesake Graham Center for Public Service at UF about the newly formed Florida Conservation Coalition, a bipartisan environmental group. Read article.