After saying for months he does not believe in tuition increases, Gov. Rick Scott stuck to his word Friday and vetoed a bill that would have allowed unlimited tuition hikes at top Florida universities.
Instead, he’s now calling on higher education leaders to review how each of the state’s 11 (soon to be 12) public universities fits into the system as a whole, and how each spends its money.
Scott said next week he’ll initiate a further review of the universities, with the goal of understanding “the return on an increased investment.”
The veto comes at a tense time, with universities bracing for a painful state budget cut for the fifth year in a row. This year, the total cut to the system is $300 million.