Gov. Scott expected to veto college tuition hike in new budget

Published On: May 20 2013 03:05:41 AM HST

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected in St. Lucie County on Tuesday.


Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign the state's budget, but not before vetoing part of it.

The budget includes a 3-percent tuition hike, but Scott is expected to veto it.

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The governor said Florida should be proud that its tuition rates are lower than the rest of the country, that students should be able to graduate and get jobs without being burdened by what he called "massive debt."

There are legal questions about whether he can veto a tuition hike.

A separate law states that automatic tuition increases for state universities should be proportionate to the rate of inflation. That would amount to a 1.7-percent hike this fall.

Universities also are allowed to raise tuition above any rate set by the legislature as long as it does not exceed 15 percent.

The hike was expected to generate close to %50 million for the state's public universities and 28 colleges.

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