Tallahassee, Florida - April 18, 2012 -
Gov. Rick Scott said he hopes state university tuition will remain low, and he's confident the state's Board of Governors will do "the right thing" on the issue. The budget that Scott signed into law Tuesday includes a five percent increase in tuition for colleges in the state college system most of which used to be known as community colleges. But that doesn't apply to the university system. But Scott said he's asked both the universities and the colleges to "do what our Florida businesses have had to do," and trim expenses. "I want all of our state colleges and all of our universities to step back and say are there things that we really don't have to have are we teaching things, having degrees that people aren't getting jobs? Why are we doing that?" Asked if he had any sort of agreement with the university system's Board of Governors that tuition would be kept low, Scott replied: "I'm very comfortable that the Board of Governors will do that sort of review and the right thing will happen." In a statement sent out later clarifying that the governor wasn't specifically addressing university tuition, officials in the governor's office said "legislative tuition increases included in the budget sent to the governor may not be subject to veto, however the issue has not been constitutionally tested."