FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Florida Governor Rick Scott is hitting the campaign trail to discuss college costs and tuition hikes. He plans to make five campaign stops. He starts this morning at Florida Gulf Coast University.
He joined us in the WINK News studio to talk about his push to limit tuition hikes.
Today, Governor Scott signed House Bill 851 that lowers tuition for all Florida students.
Governor Scott said, "Making sure all Floridians have access to an affordable higher education is one of my top priorities. Signing this historic legislation today will keep tuition low, and allow all students who grew up in Florida to have the same access to affordable higher education. With this legislation, higher education became more affordable and more accessible to all Floridians."
House Speaker Will Weatherford said, "The dreams of many individuals looking to further their education are now within reach. I thank Governor Scott for giving all of Florida's children a chance to succeed. This is a proud and historic moment for Florida."
Senator Jack Latvala, Senate bill sponsor, said, "Today, we are taking a critical step in ensuring that future generations are able to afford college. We know that a good education is the foundation to finding a great job and I thank Governor Scott for signing this important piece of legislation."
Representative Jeanette Nuñez, House bill sponsor, said, "I applaud Governor Scott for signing this historic piece of legislation on behalf of all Florida families. Access to affordable education will provide our students with more opportunities to live the American dream."
Senator Garrett Richter, President Pro Tempore said, "This legislation is a crucial step to ensuring every student has the opportunity to receive the education they deserve. I commend Governor Scott for his dedication to bettering the lives of our students."
Senator John Thrasher said, "At a time when Florida's economy is experiencing an incredible recovery, it is crucial to focus on the young Floridians who will someday lead our state. The governor's decision to sign this legislation will provide our students with the opportunities to succeed in the classroom and the workforce."
Senator Rene Garcia said, "All students who live and grow up in our state deserve the same opportunities to succeed. Through signing this legislation, Governor Scott is helping to provide fair access to affordable education for all of our great students."
Senator Anitere Flores said, "Today, Governor Scott signed historic legislation that will keep tuition low for all college students. We must make sure that our students can afford to get a great education, and today we are one step closer."
Representative Steve Crisafulli, Speaker-Designate said, "I am proud to join Governor Scott in supporting this legislation. By making college affordable for all Florida students and military personnel, Governor Scott is continuing his commitment to making Florida the friendliest state in the nation for the military as well as providing our students with the tools they need to succeed in their education and in their futures."
Representative Eddy Gonzalez said, "Governor Scott's signing of House Bill 851 is a tremendous milestone for our great state. Together, we have worked to guarantee that higher education is available to every qualifying Floridian. Now, every child that has grown up in Florida will be given the same opportunities to succeed as their classmates."