“The University of Minnesota is lucky (to be independent from the legislature). I’ve tried to set up scholastic endowment for MnSCU — but as soon as we’d set it up we’d steal it from them.”
— Rep. Tom Rukavina (DFL-Virginia) on politicians’ habit of using higher-education appropriations for other purposes.
About the blogger
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.