Faced with Tuition Hikes, Students Resist Austerity in Florida

Monday, April 23, 2012

Governor Rick Scott has now officially signed Florida’s austerity-ridden 2012-2013 budget. It cuts $300 million from higher education, $340 million from Medicaid, eliminates 4,355 public jobs, and offers $750 million in tax cuts for businesses. Yet dissenting Floridians are showing signs of resistance. In particular, students are publicly voicing their opposition to the cuts, and many are taking their grievances directly to university officials widely seen as insufficiently critical of—or even collusive with—the state government’s austerity program.

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