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First Higher Education Conference Committee update

The Higher Education Conference Committee met yesterday for the first time – here are just a few notes from that meeting.

Chair Pelowski thanked the leadership of the House and Senate and Governor Dayton for the target and said he expects everyone in the room to be very happy. The higher education target is $250 million, close to the Governor and Senate number.

The $250 million target includes a $17.8 million increase in State Grant available resources, due to updated projections largely based on Pell Grant changes authorized by Congress, and also enrollment changes reported in March and wage changes in conjunction with the March budget forecast. Discussions are underway as to how so reinvest these additional resources.

Senate Counsel and House Research walked through the policy language and the spreadsheet; most of the same and similar provisions were adopted.

Senator Clausen raised some concerns about the SLEDS language, specifically with regard to data privacy. These issues will be addressed in coming meetings.

Chair Bonoff told the committee they have been asked to have their committee work done by midnight on Wednesday. The next meeting has not been called, but it will likely be at the “call of the chair” after the House or Senate adjourns today.

posted by Sandy Connolly • 5/14/2013 at 9:04 AM


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