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Will free market economics convince Gov. Scott to raise tuition?

by Dara Kam | February 23rd, 2012

House Speaker Dean Cannon used a free-market argument will persuade Gov. Rick Scott to sign off on a proposal allowing the University of Florida and Florida State University to charge higher tuitions than the state’s nine other public universities.

Scott said he does not want a tuition hike for university students and their parents, but Cannon said he hopes to get Scott on board with the proposal already agreed to by House and Senate leaders.

“I think it’s important to note that there’s a big difference between the cost of gasoline or the cost of your utility bill where you’re actually paying for something and then you get a degree for it which enables you to make money,” Cannon told reporters this evening.

He said it’s important to draw a distinction between the state’s universities because “the value of a degree from FSU is probably different in terms of real earning capacity than the value of a degree from New College,” and launched into a free-market idea businessman Scott might like.

“Market rates on tuition, at least for our top-tier universities, is a good idea,” Cannon said. “The governor, I hope, would be supportive of the notion of letting the market drive the tuition at least at our premier universities and avoiding government price controls and pricing unlike products the same.”

Cannon would not weigh in on whether a controversial separation of the University of South Florida Polytechnic from the University of South Florida, pushed by Senate budget chief JD Alexander, was a good idea.

“I don’t want the debate over USF/Poly or any position I may take on it to distract from the greater goal of driving a discussion about better overall system governance. We’ll sort of cross that bridge when we come to it,” he said.

Earlier today, Scott said he does not believe the state is ready for a twelfth university.

“I’m being very cautious about trying to add liabilities to the state. So can we afford a twelfth university? I want to make sure we can afford it,” Scott said, adding he is concerned about accreditation for the university.

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5 Responses to “Will free market economics convince Gov. Scott to raise tuition?”

  1. carolyn Says:

    Can’t believe this passed the State Senate today and by a wide margin. I guess our Senators don’t care what we think. They just do favors for each other. Please, Mr. Governor, stay with your instincts. By the way, why have a Board of Governors if no one respects them? What a travesty to the State of Florida!!

  2. Rosa Says:

    A college education should be at the reach of EVERY one, not just the wealthy. I could be you that Cannon is benefiting from tuition rise.

  3. RENEGADE Says:

    Like all the others crying “free Market” they only mean when it suits their purposes.

  4. Preston Says:

    So Speaker Cannon, if FSU and UF have the most valuable degrees why not shut down the othe state universities? According to you, they are pumping out inferior people with inferior skill sets and therefore wasting taxpayer dollars. Just shut the rest down and keep the money. Geez, you went to UF, I assumed with so much better of an education, you would have seen that one.

  5. jim Says:

    The GOP ideal of free market’s is “privatize profits and socialize loss”.
    This is just one more example of how Florida with its super majority Republican Legislator cares nothing for solving the problems facing the people of Florida.
    Our primary Education system is a corrupt shambles, there soon will be no Florida students qualified for higher education. But the GOP would tell us its the Teachers Union that is to blame.
    No to worry there is a plan in place just place all these prospective students in our privatized prisons.

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