Graham raps GOP for Florida higher education cuts

2:45 PM, Oct 3, 2012   |    comments
Former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham lashes out at elected state leaders for their policies on water and land conservation.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Democratic former Gov. Bob Graham is blaming higher Florida college and university tuition and increased student debt on Republican budget cuts.

Graham, also a former U.S. senator, on Wednesday said voters can do something about it by electing more Democrats to the GOP-controlled Legislature.

He was joined by students from Florida State and Florida A&M universities and Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith at a Tallahassee news conference.

Tuition has gone up by 9 to 15 percent at the state's public universities this year, but Florida's rates still are among the lowest nationally. Lawmakers, meanwhile, have cut state university funding by $300 million.

Graham said the state once paid 75 percent of undergraduate costs but the figure now is only 40 percent. Tuition and other outside sources cover the rest.

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