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Scott: Florida doesn't need more anthropology majors

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rick_scott_26-sept-11.jpgSpending money on science and math degrees can help Floridians find work and provide a return on taxpayers' investments, Gov. Rick Scott said today in an interview on "The Marc Bernier Show" on WNDB-AM in Daytona Beach.

Scott said Florida doesn't need "a lot more anthropologists in this state."

"It's a great degree if people want to get it. But we don't need them here," Scott said.

"I want to spend our money getting people science, technology, engineering and math degrees. That's what our kids need to focus all of their time and attention on: Those type of degrees that when they get out of school, they can get a job."

Scott also mentioned toll roads as a good investment of state dollars.

Scott's transportation secretary, Ananth Prasad, rolled out a plan in August that would speed up road-building projects, including the Veterans Expressway in Hillsborough County, and create new tolls to pay for it.

On the radio today, Scott pointed to tolled express lanes on Interstate 95 in Broward County. The lanes are for registered car pools, hybrids, motorcycles and anyone else who wants to pay a toll.

"It took the rush hour traffic for the non-tolled lanes from 25 mph to 45," Scott said. "For people not paying the toll, it was a big benefit.

"So we're going to start doing that across the state."

(Scott will be talking transportation along with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, U.S. Rep. John Mica and others at the "Intelligent Transport Systems" conference in Orlando next week.)

[Last modified: Monday, October 10, 2011 6:00pm]

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