Across Florida
What's happening on other political blogs?

Scott calls tuition hike a “tax increase…that must be stopped”

by John Kennedy | May 24th, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott underscored his veto this week of a 3 percent tuition hike by sending letters Friday to administrators at the
state’s 12 public universities, calling a tuition hike, “a tax increase on our families that must be stopped.”

With assurances already in hand from most schools that they won’t seek an increase from the State University System’s Board of Governors, Scott’s letter is aimed chiefly at blunting an automatic, 1.7 percent cost-of-living boost.

The provision was included in state law to help schools meet rising costs, even when no tuition hike is approved.

But Scott appears intent on getting schools to refuse the inflation dollars.

“As with many matters that come before us, I know there are several legal opinions concerning who would implement a tuition increase and how they would go about doing it,” Scott said in his letter.

“Again, we are committed to fighting against any tuition increase in Florida,” he added. “We should be proud that our state offers affordable tuition and a high quality education, just as we are proud to have no state income tax.”

Running for re-election next year, Scott could have the distinction of being the first governor in almost two decades to halt Florida’s tuition rise. It appears Scott and his advisers see the cost-of-living provision as a potential asterisk on an otherwise potent political claim – one aimed directly at a possible rival.

Scott’s predecessor, former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, is now a Democrat who many expect to seek that party’s nomination for governor next year.

Under Crist, lawmakers and business leaders across Florida had pushed through legislation giving universities more authority to raise tuition. Crist joined with the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Council of 100 and others in promoting tuition hikes as a means of plowing more dollars into universities.

Tags: , ,

70 Responses to “Scott calls tuition hike a “tax increase…that must be stopped””

  1. Mark Says:

    Does Rick Scott think he has all of Florida’s problems solved that he is worried about a 3% hike in tuition?
    There are 100 laws that Florida needs to pass that most other states have. Start with no texting and driving, only use bluetooth when on phone, headlight and helmet laws for motorcycles. Making flights to New York northbound only should be mandatory!
    Wake up Rick!!!

  2. David Says:

    I have a kid in college and I can assure Gov. Scott that 1.7% or 3% would not break the bank here. It’s the fees that are killing the costs of college.

  3. Downtown Danny Says:


    Here’s what is a tax increase you THIEF –

    1. Refusing $2 Billion in Federal funds to have health insurance exchanges that would save Floridians millions – look at California – they did it and now people there are saving over $1500 a year!

    2. Refusing $3 Billion to build the high speed rail WE VOTED FOR BEFORE YOU CAME TO FLORIDA which stopped 30,000 Floridians from getting a job

    3. Closing Arcades that BOTHERED NO ONE – costing 6,000 jobs – how is it that the numbers racket (lottery), blackjack, slots, horse racing, dog racing are all “legal” in your eyes but penny Arcades are “illegal gambling” according to YOU
    4. Robbing the Citizens reserve fund while YOU RAISED OUR PROPERTY INSURANCE RATES BY $180 MILLION LAST YEAR! Now you send millions to phony companies your pals set up LAST YEAR – after sending inspectors to TAKE AWAY EVERY MONEY SAVING BENEFIT WE HAD on our property insurance.


  4. SteveinWPB Says:

    Wow! Has rick scott seen the light or just trying to win the next election? Stay tuned in on this one.

  5. Thomas Says:

    He’ll refer to a 3% increase in tuition as a tx, but took 3% from all government workers, and said it wasn’t a tax. The man speaks with forked tongue. Gotta go in ’14 and take the rest of your republican trash with you.

  6. Waldo Says:

    Putting aside the stupidity of calling a voluntary fee a ‘tax,’ whoever wrote that letter for Rick Scott should be forced to serve ten years of hard labor in literacy prison. The repetition and choice of words are moronic.

  7. I'm a senior Says:

    There are a lot of great reasons to live in the beautiful State of Florida – but a great education isn’t one of them. As a senior who votes and has lived here since retirement, I don’t want my money getting wasted in taxpayer subsidized Universities and Colleges. Kids graduating from Florida high schools need to instead learn how to be home health care aides, retail and service workers, and similar work aimed at serving the senior population that pays their salaries.

  8. MimiB Says:

    I wonder if I’m a senior is being facetious? I hope so.

    If there’s one thing Florida does not have, it’s great schools. Education is expensive and to deny a modest, badly needed tuition rise just so he can claim he “didn’t raise taxes” makes Scott look all the more pathetic and out of touch.

    Let me tell a short story about our “great” universities… my niece is a senior at FSU and should be graduating this spring, but can’t. Why? Because she can’t take two of the courses she needs for her degree until next year, as there’s no money in the FSU budget to pay for the courses this year. She tried to register for them, but the advanced courses only had room for a few students and she and at least a dozen others with the same major were shut out.

    So, while Scott may claim he’s holding the line on education taxes, he’s actually costing my brother and his family another entire semester of tuition, room and board and FEES above what they’d have had to pay for her degree had she been able to take the courses she needed for graduation during this past year. This is costing them thousands of dollars in school debt.

    And of course, this delay means it’s going to be at least another 6 months before my niece can get a decent paying job in her chosen professional field. She has to work 6 more months as a part time waitress instead.

    Thanks Gov. Scott. and yes, I’m being facetious.

  9. Tea Lady Says:

    Hurrah for Governor Scott!! He is a visionary leader!!

    Scott for Governor 2014!! And Marco Rubio 2016!!

    Join The Tea Party!! We are a growing force in this Most Vibrant Democracy!!

  10. gt Says:

    Nice story MimiB but I attended FSU in the late 60′s and the same thing was happening then. All you teachers crying, it’s all about money for you. I can only remember a couple of good teachers going threw school and it seems to be the same for everyone you talk to. S

  11. Downtown Danny Says:

    Hey Tea Lady – ever notice your the only tea party idiot in town?

    The tea party is dead – because all their candidates did was destroy America and tax & steal.

  12. Waldo Says:


    Did you ever notice there’s a difference between ‘your’ and ‘you’re’?

    You must have missed that day in fourth grade.

    Or maybe you were two tired too remember the difference between to words.

  13. David Says:

    Hey Downtown Danny the Tea Party is not dead it is just those who are true conservatives cannot support a RINO who is changing his political views hoping to get re-elected.

    This is not a tax and if he and his staffers believe that it is then it is no wonder they turned down 2,500 jobs with Amazon.

    It is just a shame he is getting and taking such bad advice.

  14. Jupiter Guy Says:

    Hey skeletor, the tuition increase would not have been a tax. The targeted 3% tax that the public workers have to deal with is a tax.

  15. Ted the Nimble Says:

    GOOD FOR SCOTT! Don’t let the dirty libs and their liberal brain washing institutes steal any more of our hard earned money!!!
    DOWNTOWN DANNY – Socialism and Liberalism NEVER work. Just like your STUPID Train that in reality would be too expensive and No One would ever ride…but You…FOOL.

  16. Ted the Nimble Says:

    Flash forward to 2024 There’s Downtown Danny riding the high speed train with his $450.00 ticket. It is severely delayed. But Danny’s happy cause it created extra Union Jobs because it keeps breaking down. 28 Hours later Danny arrives all rested, because at least he was one of only 38 people riding the entire train.

    Me – I took a full luxury bus in half the time and paid $150.00. That’s reality Dan the WoMan…

  17. karen millen fashion stores online Says:

    I am curious to find out what blog system you are utilizing? I’m experiencing some small security problems with my latest blog and I’d like to find something more risk-free. Do you have any recommendations?

  18. youth oakley sunglasses,oakley for military,oakley m frame hybrid,oakley earsocks,oakley monster pup Says:

    I have read so many articles concerning the blogger lovers however this post is in fact a fastidious post, keep it up.

  19. oakley antix Says:

    Fine way of describing, and good article to get facts regarding my presentation focus, which i am going to deliver in academy.

  20. oakley eyewear,oil rig oakley,oakley gas can,oakley polarized,oakley fives 2.0 Says:

    Thank you for the good writeup. It actually was once a enjoyment account it. Look complex to far delivered agreeable from you! However, how could we be in contact?


    OR IS IT?

  22. most popular oakley sunglasses,oakley polarized gascan,oakley grapevine,oakley sale sunglasses,cheap oakley backpacks Says:

    Greetings from Colorado! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to check out your site on my iphone during lunch break. I love the knowledge you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how fast your blog loaded on my mobile .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, superb blog!

  23. oakley transitions,oakley parts,oakley thump pro,oakley o frame,oakley over the top Says:

    I just like the valuable information you supply to your articles. I will bookmark your weblog and check once more right here frequently. I am fairly sure I will be told a lot of new stuff right right here! Best of luck for the next!

  24. oakley icon pack 3.0,oakley beckon,oakley batwolf polarized,oakley inmate polarized,oakley icon backpack Says:

    This is my first time visit at here and i am in fact happy to read all at single place.

  25. oakley a frame,oakley eyepatch,oakley pit boss,oakley tactical,oakley gascan sunglasses Says:

    There is certainly a lot to find out about this topic. I like all the points you made.

  26. clear oakley sunglasses,oakley 12-903,what is oakley vault,oakley sunglasses usa,custom oakley radar Says:

    wonderful put up, very informative. I’m wondering why the other experts of this sector do not realize this. You must continue your writing. I’m confident, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!

  27. karen millen online outlet store Says:

    Asking questions are really pleasant thing if you are not understanding anything completely, however this piece of writing gives pleasant understanding even.

  28. oakley readers Says:

    rarely comment|I seldom leave} comments|I don’t leave} a bunch of} comments}, however i did some searching and wound up here %BLOG_TITLE%. And I actually do have {some questions|a couple of questions|2 questions} for you {if you don’t mind|if it’s allright}. Could it be simply me or does it seem like some of the comments come across like coming from brain dead individuals? :-P And, if you are writing at other sites, I would lie to follow anything new you have to post. Would you list of all of your communal pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

  29. oakley jackets Says:

    Nice blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your design. Appreciate it

  30. oakley shades Says:

    My spouse and I stumbled over here from a different website and thought I should check things out. I like what I see so now i’m following you. Look forward to checking out your web page yet again.

  31. maroquinerie longchamp pas cher Says:

    great points altogether, you simply gained emblem new|a new} reader. What might you suggest about your submit that you made a few days ago? Any certain?

  32. oakley flak glasses Says:

    Yes! Finally something about %keyword1%.

  33. sac longchamps noir Says:

    hello there and thank you for your info – I have certainly picked up something new from right here. I did however expertise several technical issues using this website, as I experienced to reload the web site many times previous to I could get it to load properly. I had been wondering if your web hosting is OK? Not that I am complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will often affect your placement in google and could damage your high quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Well I am adding this RSS to my email and could look out for much more of your respective interesting content. Ensure that you update this again soon.

  34. sac longchamp le pliage Says:

    Hi there! I realize this is somewhat off-topic but I needed to ask. Does running a well-established website such as yours require a large amount of work? I’m completely new to writing a blog but I do write in my journal on a daily basis. I’d like to start a blog so I will be able to share my experience and views online. Please let me know if you have any kind of suggestions or tips for brand new aspiring bloggers. Appreciate it!

  35. oakley ca jobs Says:

    Thanks for sharing such a good opinion, paragraph is good, thats why i have read it entirely

  36. oakley straight jacket replacement lenses Says:

    Excellent blog you have got here.. It’s hard to find high-quality writing like yours nowadays. I truly appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!

  37. oakley ap backpack Says:

    Why viewers still make use of to read news papers when in this technological world everything is available on web?

  38. sacs à main longchamp pas cher Says:

    Your mode of explaining everything in this article is truly pleasant, every one can without difficulty know it, Thanks a lot.

  39. portefeuille homme longchamps Says:

    Appreciating the time and effort you put into your website and in depth information you provide. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed information. Wonderful read! I’ve saved your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  40. site sac longchamp Says:

    I feel that is among the such a lot vital info for me. And i’m satisfied reading your article. But want to remark on some general things, The site taste is ideal, the articles is really great : D. Good activity, cheers

  41. st francois longchamp enneigement Says:

    Hmm it appears like your site ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips and hints for inexperienced blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.

  42. sac longchamp le pliage Says:

    Hey there I am so grateful I found your blog page, I really found you by accident, while I was searching on Bing for something else, Anyways I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a fantastic post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to look over it all at the minute but I have saved it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up the great b.

  43. sacs pliages longchamps Says:

    What’s up to every one, the contents present at this site are truly remarkable for people experience, well, keep up the nice work fellows.

  44. sac porté main longchamp Says:

    My brother recommended I might like this blog. He used to be entirely right. This publish truly made my day. You can not imagine just how a lot time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  45. karen millen designer shops Says:

    Hi there would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re utilizing? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you recommend a good hosting provider at a fair price? Thanks, I appreciate it!

  46. sac le pliage longchamp pas cher Says:

    constantly i used to read smaller articles that as well clear their motive, and that is also happening with this post which I am reading here.

  47. sac longchamp le pliage Says:

    Yesterday, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iphone and tested to see if it can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  48. sac longchamp le pliage Says:

    Magnificent beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your web site, how can i subscribe for a blog web site? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I were tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered shiny clear concept

  49. classic toms mens Says:

    Fine way of explaining, and nice paragraph to get data on the topic of my presentation focus, which i am going to present in academy.

  50. sacs à main longchamp pas cher Says:

    You can certainly see your expertise in the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they believe. At all times go after your heart.

  51. sac le pliage longchamp pas cher Says:

    Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thanks, However I am experiencing difficulties with your RSS. I don’t understand why I cannot join it. Is there anybody getting identical RSS problems? Anyone that knows the answer can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  52. karen millen womens designer sale Says:

    I visited various web pages except the audio quality for audio songs current at this site is truly fabulous.

  53. karen millen stretch satin dress sale Says:

    Hi, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, superb blog!

  54. sac longchamp le pliage Says:

    You’re so interesting! I don’t think I have read something like that before. So nice to find another person with original thoughts on this subject. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This website is something that’s needed on the web, someone with a bit of originality!

  55. toms canvas shoes womens Says:

    Awesome site you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics discussed in this article? I’d really love to be a part of community where I can get feedback from other experienced individuals that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Kudos!

  56. toms womens canvas Says:

    Wonderful blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused .. Any ideas? Thanks a lot!

  57. classic toms shoes Says:

    Hi, Neat post. There is a problem together with your web site in internet explorer, might test this? IE still is the market leader and a large component of other folks will pass over your magnificent writing because of this problem.

  58. plaid toms shoes Says:

    This paragraph is truly a good one it assists new internet people, who are wishing for blogging.

  59. site de sac longchamp Says:

    Heya i am for the primary time here. I found this board and I in finding It really helpful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to offer something back and aid others such as you aided me.

  60. longchamp nouvelle collection Says:

    Marvelous, what a webpage it is! This webpage gives valuable information to us, keep it up.

  61. acheter sac longchamp pas cher Says:

    I wanted to thank you for this fantastic read!! I certainly loved every little bit of it. I have you book-marked to check out new things you post…

  62. longchamp collection Says:

    My partner and I stumbled over here different page and thought I should check things out. I like what I see so now i’m following you. Look forward to going over your web page again.

  63. oakley half jacket 2.0 replacement lenses Says:

    It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate to this superb blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will share this site with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

  64. oakley enduring edge Says:

    You really make it seem really easy along with your presentation however I to find this matter to be really one thing that I feel I might by no means understand. It seems too complex and extremely large for me. I am taking a look ahead for your next publish, I will try to get the grasp of it!

  65. photos of annie oakley Says:

    If some one desires expert view regarding blogging and site-building then i suggest him/her to pay a quick visit this webpage, Keep up the nice job.

  66. oakley government sales Says:

    each time i used to read smaller articles or reviews that as well clear their motive, and that is also happening with this paragraph which I am reading at this place.

  67. oakley shoe Says:

    I’m gone to convey my little brother, that he should also pay a quick visit this web site on regular basis to take updated from most up-to-date reports.

  68. oakley hotel Says:

    Good respond in return of this matter with genuine arguments and describing everything regarding that.

  69. oakley si bag Says:

    It’s in fact very difficult in this full of activity life to listen news on Television, therefore I simply use the web for that reason, and obtain the newest information.

  70. sac guess solde Says:

    Excellent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely wonderful. I actually like what you’ve acquired here, really like what you’re stating and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it wise. I can’t wait to read much more from you. This is actually a wonderful site.

Florida political tweeters
Video: Politics stories