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COSSPP Student Gets Internship under AT&T Gift

A student from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy is one of three Florida State University students who will intern with Florida TaxWatch thanks to a $25,000 gift to the organization from AT&T.

Diana Mercas, a double major in international affairs and economics, will begin her internship in January 2016. Along with Debbie Alfred (finance and management information systems) and Frank Perez-Siam (accounting), Mercas will tackle such research topics as taxation, budgets, education and corrections.

Florida TaxWatch is a research institute and government watchdog with a mission to “improve the productivity and accountability of Florida government.”

The gift honors the memory of the late Ken Plante, who served in the Florida Senate from 1967 to 1978. After leaving the Legislature, Plante served on the 1977-78 Constitution Revision Commission. He was a founder of Florida TaxWatch and served as its first president. As a lobbyist, he specialized in taxation, business, education and commerce issues. Plante died in March 2015 after a battle with ALS.