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Senate bows to House and OK’s 3 percent tuition hike

by John Kennedy | April 26th, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott’s legislative agenda headed further into the ditch Friday night, as the Senate finally bent to the House’s will and accepted a 3 percent tuition increase for college and university students.

Scott has long opposed a tuition increase. And he had an ally in the Senate for the course of the legislative session, even as the House pushed for a 6 percent hike.

But as the two sides labored into a second weekend on differences in a $74-billion-plus spending plan, the Senate finally offered to meet the House halfway, recommending a 3 percent boost. The House accepted.

Senate Budget Chief Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and his House counterpart, Rep. Seth McKeel, R-Lakeland, also agreed to $70 million for Everglades funding, settling on the Senate’s starting position and slightly more than Scott requested in his budget proposal.

Scott also continues to face a challenge from lawmakers on his bid for $2,500-across-the-board teacher pay hikes.

Negron and McKeel agreed to meet Scott’s $480 million pot of money for the raises, but they want the money distributed based on job performance and to include a larger pool of instructional personnel that would shrink what goes directly to teachers.

The two sides plan to continue talks tomorrow.

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7 Responses to “Senate bows to House and OK’s 3 percent tuition hike”

  1. OBIWAN Says:

    IF GOV Rick Scott had not taken a strong public stance on limiting college tuition…
    … what would ‘they’ have increased?

    This compromise is only half as bad, then, thanks to GOV Rick Scott’s leadership on keeping education affordable and forcing economies from elitist educators!

    The past five years has seen a death spiral upward as the Feds simultaneously took over college loans. Graduates will owe the GOVT massive sums BEFORE they have their first job?

    For many this just solidifies another plank in the cradle to grave Generational Poverty Welfare Entitlementor status. 57% of Florida’s new babies are paid for by TANF / Medicaid / (s)CHIP… with SNAP / HUD /’other free GOVT stuff’ from the ‘village’ taking over parental responsibility of past decades!

    Any chance of calling this ‘a great generation’? Or does it assure the demise of a once great nation?

  2. Hank Shae Says:

    Scott is making a left turn.He’s much too liberal.

  3. L Says:

    Boo hoo!! TRY struggling to PAY OUT OF STATE TUITION because your state schools are overcrowded!!! Or struggle all your life to pay for private school vs public school because the tax ridden neighborhood u moved into buses them in from all over!!!
    Deal with it!!! the education in this country has been on a decline for a long long time as the taxpayer pay out the nose for less and less!!! It goes alot higher than gov scotf!!! What till immigration reform gets shoved down our throats??? But heck not enforcing our immigration laws in the first place is what helped the unblalance in our over crowded systems anyway?? So i guess the taxpayer is left paying for more because we all know nothing is free for us but more weight on our backs!!!!!

  4. Tea Lady Says:

    We cannot allow ourselves to give “tuition breaks” or “tuition freezes” at the expense of Tax Relief for our Job Creators.

    Logically, it is very simple to understand. Our universities exist for one reason: to create educated, skilled workers for our Job Creators. But if there are no jobs (due to high taxes), then what is the sense of having universities? None.

    Thus, Tax Relief should be our main focus, even if this means higher tuition for our students.

    Join The Tea Party! We understand the fundamentals behind the economy, our education system, and the job market.

    Rick Scott 2014!! And Marco Rubio 2016!!

  5. Jupiter Guy Says:

    Tealady, please blow your brains out.

  6. Downtown Danny Says:

    Republicans have :
    Raised tuition
    Raised Citizens property insurance rates by $180 million
    Closed Arcades that provided 6,000 jobs and fun for seniors
    Raised our auto insurance rates

    NO THANKS – I WILL NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN AGAIN – and if a candidate claims to be any part of the tea party I will NOT VOTE FOR THEM

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