Fla. Senate budget will raise fees, cut spending

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - It would cost more to drive a car and go to college under the Florida Senate's first draft of a new budget, and some top school officials could take pay cuts.

The appropriations bill is set for release late Friday afternoon, but many details emerged this week during committee hearings.

That includes a variety of fee increases for such things as driver licenses and motor vehicle titles and an 8 percent tuition hike for college students.

Local school superintendent salaries would be cut by 5 percent.

School board member salaries could be no higher than those for
legislators, meaning a reduction for many.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Clarice MacGarvey Location: Miami-Dade on Mar 27, 2009 at 02:15 PM
    It is of concern that tuitions will go up, especially during these tough economic times. Proponents of the tuition hike point to Florida's low tuitions compared to other states. This is something to be proud of as it is exceptionally inclusive and gives more individuals access to advanced learning. In fact, Florida should tout the fact that because of its affordable tuitions and excellent programs such as Bright Futures and Florida Prepaid. Now, the tuition hikes will impact all---making Bright Futures not so bright and placing new enrollments for Florida Prepaid out of reach for many families based on increased monthly costs.
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