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Business Leaders Back Rick Scott’s $10,000 College Challenge

Some of Floridas most influential business lobbying groups are firmly in support of Gov. Rick Scotts proposal to lower the cost of higher education in the Florida College System.

Scott on Monday challenged administrators in the system to bring the cost of a four-year degree under $10,000.

Tom Feeney, CEO and president of Associated Industries of Florida:

Governor Scotts commitment to providing affordable higher education opportunities is a great value for Floridas students. This visionary initiative will offer programs that provide students the skills necessary to move into the work force with the right skills and credentials to support our growing business community. The business climate in Florida is strengthening and the demand for a highly trained and educated work force is at the forefront of every business owner's agenda. AIF supports Governor Scotts initiative and looks forward to working with colleges throughout the state to build the work force for Floridas future.

Bill Herrle, executive director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses:

"Floridas small businesses rely on the local work force to fill positions that require high skill and high performance expertise. Governor Scotts commitment to provide affordable higher education opportunities to Floridas students will provide talented students the opportunity to get the credentials they need to fill the jobs of the future."

Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber:

The Florida Chamber of Commerce supports innovative approaches to develop a highly trained and skilled work force to drive Floridas emerging job market. Governor Scotts commitment to providing affordable higher education opportunities in high-demand fields is important to securing Floridas future and another step to strengthening our partnership with the state college system.

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