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.
STATEMENTS RELATED TO GOVERNOR'S ACTION ON HIGHER EDUCATION BILLS
BOARD OF GOVERNORS CHAIR DEAN COLSON OF MIAMI:
(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.”
STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM CHANCELLOR FRANK T. BROGAN:
(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.”