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College Tuition at Center of Fight

March 4th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

Who controls college tuition is promising to be one of the biggest battles of the legislative session. The leadership of the Senate wants a constitutional amendment that would clarify that lawmakers, not the Board of Governors, has the power to set tuition. Senate President Ken Pruitt says ultimately, the people will decide.

Senators, we are going to allow the people to have a clear and transparent vote on the issue. Do they want an unelected board to set tuition or do they want the legislature, a body elected by the people, to set it?

If voters approve, the legislation would also restore an elected Education Commissioner.

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