Posted: March 15, 2016

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@MinnState.edu, 651-201-1426

ST. PAUL, Minn., March 15, 2016 – Today Governor Dayton announced his supplemental budget recommendation that includes $21 million additional base funding for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

“Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is the most powerful, effective, and efficient way to address the biggest threats to the economic vitality of our state: Minnesota’s racial and economic disparities and the pressing need for talent,” said Steven Rosenstone, chancellor. “If the legislature enacts the Governor’s recommendation, we will be able to avoid $21 million in cuts that would undermine our ability to turn out the talent Minnesota needs to reduce racial and economic disparities and ensure that communities across the state prosper. We deeply appreciate the Governor’s leadership and his continued support, and we look forward to continued discussions as the session unfolds.”

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The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities include 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 400,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system in the United States.