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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