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Posted: 2017-05-22
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Republicans Higher Education Budget Runs Over Students with Higher Tuition and Increased Student Debt


SAINT PAUL, MN -Last night, the Minnesota House passed the conference committee report for a two-year higher education budget. The bill falls short of Governor Dayton's higher education budget and will lead to layoffs, higher tuition and debt for four year university students.

Rep. Gene Pelowski Jr., the DFL- Lead on the Higher Education Committee, released the following statement:

"This bill can be compared to when a car is an accident and the frame is broken and cannot be repaired; then the car will not run. This bill cannot run, unless you want to characterize it as running over students with tuition increases and running over students with record student debt because the funding framework is broken. This bill doesn't address that broken framework for higher education funding in Minnesota. This bill doesn't repair it, it will increase tuition, exacerbate student debt, and lead to cuts in higher education institutions across Minnesota because they're underfunding Minnesota State and the University of Minnesota."

Rep. Pelowski can be reached at (651) 296-8637 or by email at rep.gene.pelowski@house.mn.

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