Two years ago, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $7.3 million that legislators had approved for Palm Beach State College’s fifth campus, claiming that he didn’t want to increase state debt. This year, there’s a budget surplus, and the self-proclaimed “education governor” has no excuse to deny PBSC the $6.5 million the Legislature included for the Loxahatchee Groves campus in the record $74.5 billion budget.
In fact, it’s the least the governor can do, given the pressure he has put on state colleges to offer four-year degrees for $10,000 and his promise to veto the 3 percent tuition increase the budget includes for public colleges and universities.
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