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Push to Bolster College Aid Vetoed by Florida Gov. Scott



    Push to Bolster College Aid Vetoed by Florida Gov. Scott
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    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MAY 18: Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks during the Governor's Hurricane Conference General Session at the Broward County Convention Center on May 18, 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.The conference was established to focus on the challenges caused by hurricanes and tropical events unique to Florida. Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is scuttling an effort to give college students extra help.

    Scott on Wednesday vetoed an overhaul of the state's higher education system that is a top priority for Senate President Joe Negron.

    The bill (SB 374) would require the state to cover 100 percent of tuition costs for top performing high school students who attend a state university or college. Florida used to pay 100 percent of tuition for those eligible for the top Bright Futures scholarship, but it was scaled back during the Great Recession.

    Scott in his veto letter argues that the state budget he signed increases Bright Futures awards for the coming school year, but that change isn't permanent. He said he vetoed the bill because he argued it would place too many restrictions on the state's 28 colleges.

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