Flanked by lawmakers from parties, the House and Senate leadership and top executives of Florida’s top business groups, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed a bill aimed at bolstering the state’s education system from kindergarten through college.
Besides promoting career and education planning and revising university funding procedures, the bill is aimed at helping create a way for Florida college students to earn their degrees for a total tuition of $10,000. Scott publicly pushed for the $10,000 degree idea last fall.
Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, called the bill signed Monday, SB 1076, a “bi-cameral and bi-partisan effort.”“Florida will be first,” Gaetz said.
House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, whose top priority of reforming the state’s retirement system for state employees – including teachers – has run into major opposition from Gaetz’s Senate, called the SB 1076 “the most important bill we will pass this session.”Associated Industries of Florida President Tom Feeney, who attended attending Monday’s signing with other business leaders, said Gaetz approached business leaders such as AIF and the Florida Chamber of Commerce near the beginning of this year’s session to ask their help with the measure.
“It was an easy sell in the business community,” Feeney said. “We’re going to have high wages and high rewards for this state.”
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