Below is an email snippet from our MnSCU government relations person:
Yesterday at the Capitol
Governor Dayton recommends $142 million for MnSCU
Governor Mark Dayton announced his supplemental budget recommendation yesterday, which amounts to an additional $866 million in spending over the original budget recommendation he released prior to the additional surplus projected in the February economic forecast. For Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Dayton is recommending $142 million to fund a two year tuition freeze.
Chancellor Steven Rosenstone released a statement in response to the governor’s budget:
“Today, Governor Dayton announced his recommendation that Minnesota State Colleges and Universities receive $142 million in this biennium. If enacted by the Legislature, this means that the state will continue to invest in a core public service providing Minnesotans access to high quality affordable education throughout the state.
We deeply appreciate the Governor’s leadership and his continued support of the critical role that higher education plays in ensuring prosperity for all Minnesotans.
The funding Governor Dayton has recommended will help our colleges and universities protect the programs that prepare our graduates to meet the needs of communities across the state and protect access to higher education by holding down tuition.
I am grateful to all who stand behind our funding proposal, including all five of our bargaining units, both student associations, all 30 presidents, and especially our Board of Trustees, who have been so instrumental in discussions with the Governor and the Legislature. I look forward to the discussions that will unfold over the remaining weeks of the session.”
Further information on Gov. Dayton’s budget can be found at: http://mn.gov/mmb/images/16-17-gov-ref-gf-recbytheme.pdf
Governor’s State of the State address moved to April 8
Governor Mark Dayton will move the date of his State of the State speech from March 25 to April 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the House chambers. Dayton made the request yesterday in a letter to House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, and Senate President Sandy Pappas, DFL-St. Paul. Next week is a busy time for lawmakers with the second committee bill deadline, and committee hearings are likely to run into the evening.
Lawmakers move bills through committee
The Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee heard multiple bills yesterday, including SF951, a bill sponsored by Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, that grants resident status for purposes of higher education grants and scholarships to active members of the military who reside in Minnesota. The bill adds a category of eligibility and removes the one year residency requirement. Chair Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, said she believes in providing educational opportunities to those that serve. After a clarifying amendment was adopted, the bill was recommended to pass and was referred to the Finance Committee.
Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, introduced SF1300, a bill that provides for sexual assault training and reporting on postsecondary campuses. A delete-all amendment was adopted to align the Senate bill with the House companion. After much discussion about the bill, and an oral amendment, the bill was recommended to pass and referred to the Judiciary Committee. In the House, the bill has cleared three committees and has been referred back to the Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee.
The Office of Higher Education policy bill, SF1535, was discussed and amended in committee to remove a number of the provisions. Author of the bill, Chair Bonoff told committee members that the bill is intended to be strictly technical in nature with no controversial language. The bill passed and was sent to the Senate floor.
The committee also heard SF1194, the original governor’s state grant recommendation. The bill reduces the assigned family responsibility amounts, increases the state grant tuition caps as well as the living and miscellaneous expense account. The bill was recommended to pass and was referred to the Finance Committee.
Director of Legislative Communications
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities