Higher Education Omnibus Bill Moves to Finance Committee

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee heard SF 5, the Omnibus Higher Education bill today. This bill provides a comprehensive framework to serve Minnesota post-secondary students. This language directs state resources to align with workforce and citizenry imperatives.

The Omnibus Higher Education Bill includes:

• Two year technical college is available at no cost for qualifying low and middle income students;
• Grants are provided for businesses that provide paid apprenticeships while students learn. The grant dollars are directed to tuition;
• The University of Minnesota and MnSCU receive increased appropriations and are asked to keep tuition affordable, reduce administrative costs and deliver stronger student outcomes;
• Resources are provided to expand agriculture education and maximize Minnesota’s leadership in this sector;
• Investments in the University of Minnesota Medical School and related research reflect the work of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission;
• Oversight reporting language provides accountability measures for human subject testing failures at the University of Minnesota.

“Bi-partisan work by Committee members and our colleagues, along with a strong chorus of community demand has created a bill that delivers on the promise of our students, our community and our state. This allows for a sea change in the approach to delivering high quality post-secondary education for all,” added Sen. Bonoff.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Sen. Terri Bonoff at 651-296-4314 or by email at sen.terri.bonoff@senate.mn.

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Senator Terri Bonoff
Terri Bonoff represents District 44, which includes portions of Minnetonka, Plymouth and Woodland in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. She chairs the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee.

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