Bill continues funding cuts to higher education and student support

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Legislation passed this week in the Senate continues the decline of investments in Minnesota’s higher education system and post-secondary students.

Higher education funding has been short-changed since Republicans took control of the Legislature in 2017.

The Senate’s supplemental budget target for higher education last session was $0 with $1 million re-appropriated from another program. The U of M was completely shut out of funding last year. This year’s budget isn’t much better, providing about a 1% increase for state grants, the U of M and MinnState. The proposal won’t even cover inflation, let alone allow for further investments in students.