Tuition Hike Unlikely

These soon to be college juniors were touring Florida State in preparation for enrolling this fall. We asked them what they thought about the 3% tuition hike lawmakers put in the state budget.

"You're making it harder for me to get my education pursue whatever I want to do in life," said Francisco Curley.

Their concerns are apparently being heard by the Governor. Rick Scott has been telling the state legislature he didn't want a tuition hike since January.

"I don't think tuition should be going up," Governor Scott.

But instead of listening, and instead of putting a dollar amount in the budget, they used a trick, telling universities what to charge. The idea is to make the hike veto-proof. They did the same thing in 2007 to Scott’s predecessor, Charlie Crist, but he said "no" anyway.

"I don't think it's right to make them pay higher tuition," said former Governor Charlie Crist in 2007.

Back then, no one challenged what everyone thought was an unconstitutional act. So, now Rick Scott’s lawyers are telling him there is precedent for vetoing what is called proviso language. Scott isn’t tipping his hand completely just yet.

"It's really impacting our families. And I worry about families like mine growing up that didn't have a lot of money for tuition," said Governor Rick Scott.

Most universities see the handwriting on the wall. They're moving forward with the budget plan that doesn't include a tuition hike.

Friday, May 24th is the last day for Rick Scott to make his budget decisions. It is six years to the day that Charlie Crist vetoed the tuition hike.

The 3% tuition increase in the state budget is half of the six percent lawmakers originally wanted. If it should become law, it would be effective after July first.

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