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Reduced tuition for veterans
FLORIDA -- ESCAMBIA COUNTY - Florida is a great place to live. Right?
Governor rick scott wants to keep it that way by signing a bill aimed to add more military residents to the state.
Florida typically doesn't need any help talking people into moving to the "Sunshine State", but Governor Rick Scott just signed a bill enticing Veterans to move here by giving them breaks on their tuition.
The "Florida GI" bill will reduce education costs for veterans and help them find jobs. It would also help boost Florida's economy.
Many agree signing the bill was a good move by Scott to help keep Florida's unemployment numbers dropping.
"It gives the veterans an opportunity to further their education and gives them the opportunity to get better jobs and probably would be good to bring jobs to Florida," said Denise Compton.
"I know a number of veterans and they are for the most part hard working and they still work after they have retired, so it has possibilities to have a boom to our economy," said Orville Pierce.
Florida has around 1.5 million veterans and nearly 61,000 active military personnel stationed in the state. Under the bill vets will no longer be required to pay out of state tuition fees. Making Florida schools more desirable for those living out of state.
"As they come here to school they find it's a nice place to live and they get the sand in their shoes and they stay," said Pierce.
"Any way we can help the economy is great," said Compton.
Those tuition breaks will cost taxpayers around $12 million just this school year.