Governor Rick Scott was in my neck of the woods (Fort Lauderdale) on Tuesday to award 101 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their past military service.
After the ceremony, Scott addressed his support for the controversial in-state tuition bill being pushed in the Florida legislature.
When asked when he changed his mind on supporting in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, Scott said the following:
I haven’t changed my mind at all. I want lower tuition for all Floridians , these are things that build us.
Scott then added that “individuals who grew up in Florida ” deserve the same opportunity as their piers.”
But what of those who did not grow up here, and are transplants from somewhere else? Does this in-state tuition bill specifically state that those illegal immigrants, who are looking for in-state tuition assistance, had to have lived all, or a majority of their lives in Florida?
Scott quickly jumped into campaign mode, adding that one of his Democrat opponents in this year’s gubernatorial election, Charlie Crist, “opposed in-state tuition for children of immigrants” when he was governor of Florida.
Scott also added that the bill “reduces the 15 % differential, and the inflationary change in tuition every year.” Watch the video.