Deficit blocks Minnesota's chances of more higher-ed funding

Hoping the state might slide a little more money higher ed’s way?

Little chance, writes MPR’s Tim Post:

None of Minnesota’s three major party candidates for governor sees money being available for an increase in light of the state’s $5.8 billion deficit.

Emmer appears to be the only one planning significant, concrete cuts — $312 million. Dayton says he’d like to spend more by raising taxes, but couldn’t do it until the deficit was taken care of. And Horner says, “My commitment is that we don’t make the problem worse.”

So what does that mean? Post writes:

… The state’s expected budget shortfall will make it difficult to deal with another major concern of students and families, rising tuition.

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  • Anonymous

    This point was made earlier at the gubernatorial debate at the U of M.

    As reported in the Pioneer press on 10-15 (link = http://bit.ly/ai9dBd ) :

    “During a debate at the McNamara Alumni Center on the Minneapolis campus, Democrat Mark Dayton, Republican Tom Emmer and the Independence Party’s Tom Horner said that with the state facing a $5.8 billion budget shortfall over the next two years, the next governor and Legislature will not be able afford to increase state funding to public colleges and universities, even if that means higher tuition. ”

    Nevertheless, egged on by the Board of Regents, President Bruininks is apparently going to ask the state legislature for an increase in funding for the next biennium.

    Not, a wise idea, Bob.

    The U also plans on spending yet more money to put together a propaganda report to try to convince the legislature that we are expensive, but we are worth an increase! No one doubts that the U is an essential part of the economic engine of this state, but this adventure is yet another stupid, sorry to be blunt, waste of money.

    As the old song goes: “You can’t always get what you want…
    …but you just might get what you need.”

    Link: http://bit.ly/cFkD3t