House passes higher education bill that funds tuition freezes

  • Article by: Jenna Ross , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 25, 2013 - 9:15 PM

Lawmakers from both parties praised Rep. Gene Pelowski for his tough look at the two public higher-ed systems.

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sailstooApr. 25, 13 7:55 PM

For what it's worth...I moved to MN because I could not afford college in my home state and MN's state U system was a great value even @ out of state tuition rates. I've been employed here since '67, paid taxes all that time, and now have retired here. I think the state (and me) got a good return for its investment in higher education.

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WalksHauntApr. 25, 13 8:40 PM

Great. No spending cuts but the taxpayer gets the UofM's bill for an unaccountable "black hole" for more spending on administrators and poor athletic teams.

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bluebillApr. 25, 13 8:46 PM

Good start freezing tuition, now start cutting the the universities budgets and get them to start focusing on students and education, by cutting administration costs, making professors actually teach more, and reduce all the money they spend on sports.

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elmore1Apr. 25, 13 8:46 PM

I can't believe that our politicians continue to fund our current college and university systems without setting meaningful goals to move us forward.. The goals set for the U are an absolute joke. I hope that we elect some moderates in the next election and we see positive reform. The DFL controlled state is just a "good ole boy" network paying off their donors, they are not taking our educational systems in a direction that will lead to success in the future.

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mnlakersApr. 26, 13 5:53 AM

Since WHEN is a 150-243 million dollar increase a help. Why on earth do they not FREEZE the money the state pays into the black hole and in fact maybe cut it by 5%. Yes put the system on notice that they cannot raise the cost to students at all for now. THAT would finally put both the systems on their heels and force them to make SMART cuts just like business does day in and day out or just like our own home budgets. I am a product of the system but have watched year in and year out where they raised their tuition 2-3 times what inflation was. ENOUGH IIS ENOUGH.

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benleeApr. 26, 13 7:28 AM

They're holding us hostage. They'll only "freeze" tuition for 2 years IF they get get a spending increase. Cripes.

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garykhansonApr. 26, 13 7:48 AM

I remember attending the University of Minnesota in the 1960's. I worked at the hospital and paid my tuition and dorm fees with that income. I will be forever thankful for a great education and the opportunity to work for it. My point, of course, is that it was far more affordable than it is now.

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yardboyApr. 26, 13 8:20 AM

If we want to bring down education costs down, we need to get the government out of the equation period. They are the problem.

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avejoeconApr. 26, 13 8:50 AM

they had a chance to cut the waste, but what does the DFL do, increase spending. What a surprise!!!

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avejoeconApr. 26, 13 8:51 AM

Over the last decade, the growth in administrative staff has outgrown the growth in students by a ratio of 3:1. But, have to increase spending to increase that ratio even more, don't they?

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