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Fla. Gov. will veto 3 percent college tuition hike

Governor Scott
Posted at 11:31 PM, May 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-19 19:41:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is going to veto a proposed three percent tuition hike for college and university students.

The Republican-led Florida Legislature included the hike in a $74.5 billion budget passed earlier this month.

Scott will sign the budget into law on Monday, but is expected to veto numerous spending items, including the proposed tuition hike.

In a copy of his veto message first obtained by The Associated Press, Scott writes that Florida should be proud that its tuition rates remain low compared to the rest of the country.

Scott said students should be able to graduate and get a job without being burdened by "massive debt."

There are legal questions about whether Scott has the power to veto the tuition hike because of the way lawmakers authorized it.