John Temple, a member of the Florida Board of Governors, said Wednesday that political interference caused the University of Florida to request a 9 percent tuition increase this year instead of the potential 15 percent allowed by state law, according to a story in The Gainesville Sun via the News Service of Floria.
“It’s clear that Tammany Hall is interfering here,” said Temple, referring to the legendary New York political machine. UF lobbied for a bill earlier this year that would have allowed it and Florida State University to pass along virtually unlimited tuition increases. But Gov. Rick Scott vetoed that measure and also has repeatedly called for holding down tuition increases. “We need to be the number one state for college and university affordability,” Scott told WOKV Radio in Jacksonville Thursday morning. “….We cannot be raising the cost constantly. The average Floridian is not going to be able to afford it.” The Board of Governors is scheduled to act Thursday on requested tuition increases from UF and other universities.