Rick Scott, still not the biggest fan of higher-ed, says universities have to “tighten the belts”

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The governor who has never been shy of showing his ambivalence towards Florida’s higher education system is at it again.

Gov. Rick Scott, an opponent of tuition increases that are included in the proposed state budget, said Wednesday that universities need to figure out ways to cut costs to avoid raising the cost of a college education, reports the News Service of Florida. “Every business has had to tighten their belt, our universities have to do the same thing,” Scott said in an interview on WNRP radio in Pensacola Wednesday morning. “We can’t keep raising the cost of higher education, eventually we will be pricing ourselves out of the market.” Scott, though, has at the same time made a push for more high tech opportunities in in higher education, which university officials say cost more.

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