Will tuition be allowed to increase? Legislators will discuss it today

A controversial plan that would allow college tuitions to rise by up to 15 percent a year gets another hearing in the House today and is likely to continue toward passage.

The bill piggybacks on the previous authorization of the state's five research universities, including the University of Florida and University of South Florida, to charge more.

Six more universities are included in the legislation that will be heard by the Full Appropriations Council on Education & Economic Development.

It would give the schools the option of increasing tuition by 15 percent per year until they reach the national average.

The legislation is sailing but has met some resistance. Last week, Stanley Tate, the founder and former chairman of Florida's prepaid college tuition program, was in Tallahassee to argue that it would hurt low-income families.

"You're making a terrible mistake," said Tate, 81.

Also today, a joint House-Senate panel continues its review of Gov. Charlie Crist's plan to buy U.S. Sugar land near the Everglades.

And at 1 p.m., the House Policy Council takes up a bill sponsored by Rep. Rob Schenck that would force the Department of Environmental Protection and water management districts to develop ways to expedite projects as a way to cut bureaucracy and spur economic development. Opponents say the poor economy is being used as a cover to remove valuable reviews.

Will tuition be allowed to increase? Legislators will discuss it today 03/23/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 10:19am]

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