Over the week-end, Governor Dayton and House and Senate leadership reached a broad agreement on the state budget priorities and provided spending targets for each area of the budget.
$250 million has been designated for higher education, the most significant investment in years. The Higher Education conference committee will begin meeting today to negotiate the specifics of the bill. If the final bill mirrors the Governor's initial recommendation, it will be a balanced split between the University of Minnesota, MnSCU and the Minnesota State Grant, with some smaller investments included, as well, such as funding for the American Indian Scholarship and SLEDS.
Members of the conference committee include: Representatives Pelowski, Winkler, Rosenthal, Dorholt and Nornes, and Senators Bonoff, Clausen, Miller, Pappas and Eken. Once they have reached agreement on a final bill, it will be returned to both bodies for passage, and if passed, on to the Governor for his signature.
Big Ed will provide ongoing updates on the 2013 higher education bill, check back daily.
posted by Sandy Connolly 5/13/2013 at 1:28 PM