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The $10,000 College Degree? It Might Be Coming to Florida

It looks like Texas Governor Rick Perry's call for a $10,000 college degree idea is faring better than his failed Presidential bid. In 2011,...


It looks like Texas Governor Rick Perry's idea of a $10,000 college degree is faring better than his failed Presidential bid. In 2011, Perry challenged his state's higher education institution to cap costs at $10,000 and sure enough, at SXSW 2012 three schools announced plans to do just that—one bachelor's degree from Texas A&M at San Antonio even clocked in at a mere $9,700. Now Florida governor Rick Scott is jumping on board the $10,000 degree bandwagon. On Monday he issued a similar challenge to his state's colleges and universities.

So how much do Florida's students currently spend? The average cost for a bachelor's degree at one of the state's community colleges currently costs $13,264 per year and in-state residents pay roughly $24,000 to attend one of Florida's public universities. But, according to the Orlando Sentinel, Scott—like many governors—has pressed higher education leaders to reign in costs so that college is more affordable for Florida's students, thus creating a pipeline of educated workers for the state's economy.

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How to Sell High-Speed Rail, Mad Men Style

Watch the Mad Men geniuses of marketing brainstorm ways to sell America on high-speed rail.

It's totally perplexing, but high-speed rail has become a controversial issue in American politics. Governors like Florida's Rick Scott have been turning away federal rail funds for purely ideological reasons, ignoring the evidence from around the world that such investment in infrastructure pays huge economic and social dividends.

Like so many good ideas, high-speed rail needs better messaging. Leave it to the brainy manipulators of Mad Men to come up with ways to better sell high-speed rail to Americans. In this Funny or Die short, set in a Madison Avenue office in 1965, watch the mad men brainstorm a high-speed rail campaign.

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Who Gets Florida's High Speed Rail Money?

Florida governor Rick Scott rejected $2.4 billion of high-speed rail. Can the Northeast line get that love?


On Wednesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced his decision to reject $2.4 billion in federal high-speed rail funding that would've gone towards a proposed Orlanda-to-Tampa line.

The Infrastructurist has the details of the governor's decision. (Long story short: It's cynical political posturing.) Some are saying, "to heck with Florida. Show us their money. We'll build that rail."

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