What's happening at the Capitol


Just a little update on my monitoring of the floor discussion of the Senate higher-education omnibus bill.

There’s a lot of irritation over administrative costs and tuition at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). Multiple amendments (Republican, I believe) targeting that:

  • a “Tubby Smith” amendment prohibiting use of state appropriations for coaching-contract buyouts;
  • a mandatory performance goal for the U to cut administrative costs;
  • a “hard freeze” on tuition that would tie the systems’ hands;
  • a prohibition on the use of state funding for incentive bonuses;
  • a mandate that the U’s Big Ten in-state-tuition ranking (which is high) not be higher that its out-of-state-tuition ranking (which is low).

Most have failed, but they’ve generated a lot of discussion. Lots of news reports about the U’s admin costs.

We’ll see what follows.