State Senate budget bills would increase tuition

Published: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 1:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 1:11 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Senate appropriations committees have completed work on a series of budget bills.

The measures approved Wednesday include a tuition increase of 8 percent for community college and state university students.

Individual universities but not community colleges then could add another 7 percent for a total 15 percent increase.

One panel, though, balked at a proposal to increase property taxes in school districts that violate class-size limits and other state requirements.

The measures next will be combined into a single budget bill for a vote next week by the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

House committees still are working with preliminary budget plans that haven't yet reached bill form.

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