U students rally behind budget request

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 7, 2013 - 8:54 PM

"Students want a better future," legislators were told.

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thisisinsaneFeb. 7, 13 9:44 PM

If anyone would like to be amused, or enlightened, or perhaps just plain angered, google "Minnesota Public Employees Salaries"and click on "extra.twincities.com". It's a great database published by "that other" newspaper in town. Click on the U of M tab on the far left. You will have to click through 100 pages before you leave the list of persons that make less than $100,000.00 per year. Granted the majority of them are professors, but there are a load of administrative persons as well. I did not go lower than $99,000, but I bet there are lots of administrative people right around that point also. Btw, this is a good database to check out how much anyone makes who is any sort of public employee. It doesn't include K-12 though.

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freedomallFeb. 7, 1310:10 PM

I am a U of M student, and was asked via email to go to this rally but I refused. The email stated that every 'student' that attended would get a free T-shirt, free lunch, and free transportation from the U to the Capitol and back. The students who went to this rally have to dig deeper getting behind President Kaler. Kaler will continue to support his do-nothing administrators who receive 6 figure salaries including his own. I want a tuition freeze as well, but the problem here is an internal one. I hope students got that message today.

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erikj3Feb. 7, 1310:32 PM

I'm all for "robust funding" of the U and other public universities, but NOT until there's an audit.

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elmore1Feb. 7, 1310:59 PM

The students have this wrong. They ought to be focused on Mr Kaler and the Regents. The U has self inflicted wounds due to their arrogance and refusal to reform. The U continues to be a bloated dinosaur who continues to fund their financial mismanagement on the backs of the students. The best thing the state can do is give them nothing.....

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endothermFeb. 8, 1312:26 AM

The students are getting the worst of both worlds. It is true that there has been mismanagement of funds by top administrators. This needs to stop. However, there has also been a severe decrease in state support for the university over the past decade, and Republicans have often used high profile stories about bad by behavior by administrators as cover for deep cuts that usually hurt students and low-level staff instead of people at the top.

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chablis28Feb. 8, 13 2:05 AM

The UofM will NOT spend new taxpayer money on tuition relief. It will be windfall to blown as usual. Students ought to protesting the UofMs bloated budget. The UofM is out of control.

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dibblegonFeb. 8, 13 6:15 AM

Why would any adult listen to these students. They have yet to contribute squat to society nd want us to pay their way. Grow up, leave your swaddling cloth behind and pay for what you get.

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dibblegonFeb. 8, 13 6:27 AM

Thisisinsane, scolled thru 10-15 pages and didnt get below $231k...90% of which work for the U of M. Do you really need to look further? The U is out of control.

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comment229Feb. 8, 13 6:42 AM

thisisinsane: well, I'll help you with the one that is not there before someone starts in on publishing what the highest paid teachers in the state of MN get paid. In our district, teachers start at $32,000 with no health insurance. Now, go check on the price of a college degree and then listen to Eric Cantor insist on a law mandating colleges notifying parents of which degrees pay the most so they can budget their college dollars wisely.... and if that is the case, there should not be one new teacher coming out of college in a long long time.

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clnorthFeb. 8, 13 7:23 AM

Funding hasn't kept pace with skyrocketing costs. Go figure. Maybe the U should do something about the skyrocketing costs and then we can talk about funding.

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