Sen. Hoffman votes for compromise higher education bill
ST. PAUL, Minn – As the 2017 Legislative Session draws to a close, one of the first bills to pass with a nod of approval from Governor Dayton is the $210 million higher education budget bill. While the bill drew a fair amount of criticism for not giving Minnesota state colleges and universities enough funding, State Senator John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin) said it was a true compromise bill. He released the following statement:
“If Republicans really cared about job growth and our businesses remaining competitive in a global economy, they would see the wisdom of investing properly in higher education. This bill is certainly a compromise, it contains many important provisions which is why I voted for it, but it doesn’t go far enough to support these critical institutions.
I am supportive of several provisions that fund student with developmental disabilities gaining access to education, and I am particularly pleased to see $5 million for the spinal cord and traumatic brain injury research grants. This is a program I helped start in 2015 which provides grant money for Minnesota institutions for research into spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries – which could help the more than 118,000 Minnesotans living with TBIs and spinal cord injuries. I am happy to see Republicans continue to support this important research,” said Sen. Hoffman.
Higher Education Bill contains:
State Grant Program: $36 million
MnState system: $106 million
U of M system: $55 million
Minnesota Life College: $2 million (helps send students with disabilities to college)
Spinal Cord/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Grants: $5 million
U of M students with intellectual/developmental disabilities program: $50,000