The Florida House is looking to hike the cost of university and college tuition by six percent

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford is defending a push by the Florida House to hike university and college tuition six percent.

The House has included the hike in budget proposals that were unveiled this week.

This puts the House at odds with Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Senate. Scott this week called a tuition hike a tax on families. The governor also noted that tuition has been going up steadily the last several years.

But Weatherford told the Florida Board of Governors on Wednesday that students and families are spending as much each year on tuition as they are on their cellphones. The board is the panel that oversees the state university system.

The House and Senate have until early May to pass a new state budget.

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