Got this from the University of Minnesota — President Robert Bruininks’ comments on Gov. Mark Dayton’s bonding bill and how it affects the U of M:
I’m pleased with Gov. Dayton’s bonding recommendations for the University of Minnesota and am excited about getting to work with him and the Legislature on funding some of these important projects that will have a meaningful impact on our state’s competitiveness.
Challenging budget times mean it’s more important than ever that the investments we do make are smart and benefit Minnesota’s economy. A strong physics program is the backbone of cutting-edge teaching and research. Enabling the university to strengthen our focus on physics and nanotechnology will greatly enhance our ability to educate the science workforce of the future.
We’re also grateful the governor is recommending investment in higher education maintenance and moving sensitive labs for the Central Corridor light rail line. All of this will enable us to more efficiently and effectively deliver on our mission, which is essential to Minnesota’s economic competitiveness.