Higher education funding bills far from UMN's requested $147.2M
Recently passed spending bills by the Minnesota Legislature would provide significantly less state funding for the University of Minnesota than requested by the school.
The House higher education omnibus bill, passed by a 77-53 vote Tuesday, recommended the University receive $22 million of its requested $147.2 million biennial budget increase. The Senate’s bill, which was passed in a 36-31 vote last week, would provide about 20 percent, or $29.6 million, of the University’s request
Some Democratic lawmakers criticized the bills while Republicans defended them, saying millions more state dollars have been allocated for higher education.
“The bill overall puts about 150 million new dollars into higher education, and it also deals with accountability and accessibility issues,” House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers said Tuesday at a hearing.