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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.

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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:

    RICK SCOTT – YOU ARE DESPICABLE AND PATHETIC!!!

    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.

    Scott – JUST LEAVE OUR STATE – WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WILL DO WHEN YOU LOSE THE NEXT ELECTION YOU JERK!!!

  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:

    Danny,

    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…

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