Scott Vetoes Florida University Tuition Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL -- April 27, 2012 --

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is rejecting a bill that would have let two major universities raise tuition higher than what is currently allowed.

Scott on Friday vetoed the legislation that would have let the University of Florida and Florida State University increase tuition rates above the current 15 percent a year cap.

The governor earlier this week said he was undecided on the bill (HB 7129). But several times this year Scott has said he does not support raising tuition at this time. The governor did sign a budget, however, that allows Florida colleges to raise tuition five percent.

Supporters of the bill contended the extra tuition money will allow UF and FSU to compete nationally with other well-known public universities in North Carolina, Virginia and Michigan.



(Regarding HB 7129) “I am very disappointed that the Governor vetoed a bill that enjoyed widespread support and would have elevated our university system to greater national prominence — something that would benefit all Floridians. Hopefully, someday soon, the State will decide to provide our universities with the tools they need to compete on a national stage.”


(Regarding HB 7129) “At its core, this legislation focused more on greater accountability and flexibility for our universities, both of which are critically important to the Board of Governors. As we continue—regardless of the veto—to create the most accountable university system in the nation, the Board will maintain its advocacy for increased investment in Florida’s universities.”

(Regarding HB 7135) “This legislation sends the clear message that Florida is serious about creating a more strategically coordinated higher education system that works across all sectors and builds on the strengths of our schools, colleges and universities. The Board of Governors has spent the better part of two years focused on quality-related issues as it works to create the most accountable public university system in the nation, which is the foundation for a dynamic, forward-leaning performance funding model that this bill helps to germinate.”

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  • by bankrupt! thanks to rick scott! on May 1, 2012 at 09:44 AM
    Can rick scott, he's nothing but a corporate catering mongrel!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2012 at 08:00 PM
    Is an FSU or UF degree worth more today than it was the day Rick Scott took office?
  • by gotta love it... on Apr 28, 2012 at 07:52 PM
    Ignorance abound. To praise this decision shows how little people either know, or care about higher education in this state. The university budgets have been devastated by the state, state scholarships have been plundered and cut, federal aid is disappearing. The universities, in order to stay on any kind of footing with other states, needed to raise tuition. There are 11 state universities sharing one pot of money. Wait, no, now there are 12. State college pricing in Florida is one of the most affordable in the country, and were still providing good education. Now you slash their funding, call them "greedy", and expect even better. This is the same perverse logic used against state workers in Florida, who are the lowest paid on average in the country, yet insulted and called vile evil things by those who feel they are "overpaid". For the students and parents saying they already cannot afford tuition, look no further then your government. Less then 5 years ago, the main state scholarship, Bright Futures, paid 100% of your tuition and fees at most universities. Now you are lucky if it pays 60%. But hey, you got a tax cut right? There is cutting for smaller government, then there is cutting to the point of devastation. As a republican, Governor Scott will NEVER see my vote. I abstained last election as I did not agree with Scott, but Sink was just as bad. I am to the point that the tea party and these hard right wing cuts are too much. I will vote against each and every one of them come next election, and most republicans I know feel the same. You reap what you sow, cater to the extreme, only get the extreme to vote for you. The Universities tried to compromise, showed you the data, even brought in the board of governors who also agreed. Just sad...
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      by Anon on Apr 29, 2012 at 12:13 AM in reply to gotta love it...
      Gimme a break. If Scott didn't veto this bill there would already be three hundred posts attached to this article calling for his head.
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        by gotta love it... on Apr 30, 2012 at 05:58 AM in reply to Anon
        Exactly, it is pandering for votes. If he was so for institutions standing on their own without state or tax involvement, why veto this bill? You cut the funding to pander to the tea party, then veto their right to raise tuition to pander to the other side. Who wins? I assure you it is not the students, the staff, the faculty, or the state of Florida.
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          by Anon on Apr 30, 2012 at 02:58 PM in reply to gotta love it...
          What the Hell does the Tea Party have to do with this? It's the lefties that he's trying to pander to.
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          by gotta love it... on May 1, 2012 at 03:21 PM in reply to gotta love it...
          "You cut the funding to pander to the tea party, then veto their right to raise tuition to pander to the other side" I thought I was fairly clear. Budget cuts to Universities and higher education pander to the tea party. Blocking raising of tuition, basically cutting off any hope of recovering those funds panders to the other side (or lefties as you so put).
  • by Jonathan Swift Location: Florida on Apr 28, 2012 at 04:14 PM
    Governor Scott has finally done one thing right. He's actually made one correct decision that doesn't hurt the poor and middle-class of Florida. Wherever Hades is, there's a helluva snowball fight going on right now!
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      by nah... on Apr 28, 2012 at 06:34 PM in reply to Jonathan Swift
      He still hurt the middle-class because 1). he cut funding for the universities, 2). allowed for a new public university [near USF] that will eat into the already depleted funding, and because 3). the schools are not allowed to bump up tuition, you get a bunch of grad students [instead of Doctorates] teaching undergraduates. What do you get? A mediocre education, a mediocre work force, and state universities with a meh reputation and are not nationally recognized. The middle-class [and poor] are still hurting by totality of his decisions... so... put away the snowballs.
  • by MAH Location: Tally on Apr 28, 2012 at 07:58 AM
    Long live mediocrity! Florida ,when you want to be mediocre. Well done d-bag.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2012 at 06:57 PM in reply to MAH
      you must mean florida state.......hahahaha
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2012 at 07:05 AM
    So, tuition won't be increased and overall state funding will decrease. Bottom line: Will an FSU or UF degree be worth more in a year or 2 or 3 or 10 or 20 or 40 than it is today? When will FSU and UF become great state universities?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2012 at 06:20 AM
    Remember you get what you pay for. Florida will continue to decline in education and become insignificant in higher education. Not everyone can or should go to college. We missed an opportunity to reverse course and become a leading state for higher education and we missed it. Florida champaign taste and not even a beer budget.
  • by Gerry on Apr 28, 2012 at 05:44 AM
    Greedy Rick Scott don't care nothing about.....oh wait, never mind
  • by the emperor has no clothes Location: Tallahassee on Apr 28, 2012 at 05:17 AM
    Why not raise the out-of-state tuition some more? We've got these northerners coming down here for the cheaper higher education, clogging up our roads (and apparently not knowing how to drive), using our infrastructure, then going right back up north when they graduate so they can start being taxpayers up there. If you want to raise tuition to the national average, then the out-of-state tuition is the relevant comparison anyway.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2012 at 02:31 PM in reply to the emperor has no clothes
      If you didn't have any Northerners you wouldn't have any graduates.
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        by the emperor has no clothes on Apr 28, 2012 at 06:35 PM in reply to
        If, by your snarky comment, you are agreeing that our universities are serving a large proportion of northerners, then it stands to reason that Floridians shouldn't be expected to subsidize them.
        By the way, YOU seem to be enjoying the weather down here too, huh? ;)
  • by Ray Star Location: WTAL on Apr 28, 2012 at 04:45 AM
    Looks like a good thing for students and parents on the surface. The strong currents running out of sight below the surface; the increased tuition would NOT benefit corporate friends, would do absolutely NOTHING to increase the chance for a second term as Governor, finally these universities have done absolutely NOTHING to curry the favor of the administration. Other than that; GOOD USE OF THE VETO PEN SIR!!!
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