Before the 2013 legislative session began, presidents of Florida’s public universities gathered in Tallahassee and promised not to raise tuition.
The schools are seeking an extra 118 million dollars. If the legislative gives them the money, they promise not to increase tuition for a year. They may not have a choice.
"We may see a smaller tuition increase. Its not going to be a double digit increase or anything like that," said Will Weatherford.
In a one on one interview with Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford Monday, Weatherford told me its hard to find the cash the schools are asking for.
"Unfortunately, we don’t have 418 million dollars, but we’ve got about 360. So to bridge the gap and to get them to the ask that they had, there’s a 6% tuition increase but not a 15. We think a 15 is too high," said Weatherford.
Whitney Ray caught up with Governor Rick Scott to ask about the house tuition plan. Scott has long opposed tuition increase. He holding his ground.
"In against tuition increases. This is a tax. Its a tax on students. Its a tax on families. We cant be raising the cost to get higher education in this state," said the governor.
This is the second time this session the house has openly opposed the governor. The first was over the Medicaid expansion. Scott changed his stance on accepting the money to expand the entitlement last month, but couldn’t convince enough house members to change position.
As of right now, the senate isn’t recommending any tuition hikes. We will see more details about each chamber's budget recommendations in the coming weeks.