Florida Governor Reverses Course Again on Tuition

October 06, 2007

For the second time in several months, Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida has changed his mind on charging higher tuition at the state’s public colleges and universities. On Friday, Governor Crist said he would accept a 5-percent tuition increase beginning January 1 that has been proposed by state legislators.

In May, Mr. Crist had vetoed a 5-percent tuition increase and rejected a separate plan to allow three of the state’s top research universities to raise tuition by as much as 40 percent over the next several years under a differential-tuition bill.

But with the state needing to cut $1-billion from its budget, the governor agreed to allow the differential-tuition bill to become law in June. With the budget picture showing no signs of improving, now Mr. Crist also favors the 5-percent tuition increase. —Jeffrey Selingo