Tallahassee, Florida - April 25, 2012 -
Gov. Rick Scott sent a strong message to the Board of Governors on Tuesday about university tuition, saying the universities need to cut costs and examine their missions before raising costs for students, though he acknowledged the board has the final say. "I don't want to see tuition increases unless they gone through and they've said we've tightened our belts, this is how we've saved money," Scott said. "They've said look our teaching is going to be tied to job creation. That's the first thing before they even think about tuition increases." If the board, however, wants higher tuition increases, Scott acknowledged, "it'll be their choice, unless I can come up with something else." Scott also is currently considering a bill that would allow the University of Florida and Florida State University to increase tuition more than 15 percent total currently allowed under law. Scott wouldn't tip his hand much on that. "I think I have to make a decision by Saturday night..I have drafts of both sides a veto letter and an approval letter," Scott said. "What I care about in thinking that through is the same thing - what are we doing to make sure that our kids are able to afford their higher ed and are they going to make sure they're going to get degrees where they can get jobs?"