- Florida Gov. Rick Scott spoke to a panel that oversees the state's public universities on Wednesday, emphasizing that he wants to keep tuition rates down.
- Average tuition fees in Florida are $6,140, below the national average, according to an Associated Press report.
- Scott does not have the power alone to make decisions about tuition hikes, but he wants the board's help in holding back additional hikes with the state's lawmakers.
From the article:
"... Scott made that point clear during an hour-long session Wednesday with the panel that oversees the state's 12 public universities. He called tuition a "tax" and noted that a majority of Floridians earn less than $50,000 a year.
'I'm concerned about tuition, I think it's a positive that our tuition is lower than in other states,' Scott said. 'I want to make sure we continue to have a state where we have lower taxes and a lower cost of living.' ..."