Weatherford “not surprised” by Scott’s vetoing of tuition increase

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Gov. Rick Scott plans to sign the $74.5 billion budget into law today, but will announce that he is using his line item veto power. Among the things Scott is expected to veto is a three percent tuition increase for university students. The Associated Press reported Sunday, citing an advanced copy of the veto message, that Scott, as expected, would reject the tuition hike.

This comes as no surprise to Speaker Will Weatherford.

“The rumor that the Governor will veto tuition increases tomorrow is not a surprise,” said Weatherford in a statement. “In doing so, he will be exercising his line item veto authority of the budget.  I look forward to continuing to work with university presidents and the Florida Board of Governors to move Florida’s State University System forward to the benefit of our students.”

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