- Minnesota lawmakers are proposing two bills to increase higher education funding and facilitate a two-year tuition freeze for the University of Minnesota.
- The bills represent the state's first higher education funding increase in eight years, with the Senate's bill adding $263 million in funding and the bill in the House adding $150 million.
- The two bills would both increase oversight of how higher education funds are spent, though they disagree on funding for the Minnesota State College and Universities system--the House bill would extend the tuition freeze to those students, as well, but the Senate bill only funds a proposal for new programs and equipment.
From the article:
... “That money is going to be primarily focused on two areas — tuition and debt,” said Rep. Gene Pelowski, DFL-Winona, chairman of the House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee. ...