Scott expected to veto tuition increase

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott is expected to veto a tuition increase when he signs the state budget into law in the coming weeks.

"All along I've been against raising," Scott said at a stop in Jacksonville on Monday. "Our universities have raised tuition almost 70 percent over the last five years. I just can't understand why it'd be going up like that."

Lawmakers included a 3 percent tuition increase in next year's budget, but state universities say they aren't counting on the extra money.

Scott received the budget from the Legislature and has until May 24 to decide whether to sign it into law or veto it.

University of North Florida President John Delaney says the school is moving forward with the expectation tuition will not rise.

To veto the tuition increase, the governor will have to alter budget language that tells universities how much they will charge students per credit hour.

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