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From campus to the Capitol
By Hank Long
Rep. Jason Isaacson speaks during an overview of the MnSCU system at a hearing of the House Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee on Jan. 21 held at St. Paul College. Photo by Paul Battaglia

Drew Christensen and Jason Isaacson were among a gathering this week where faculty and student leaders from colleges and universities around the state testified before the House Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee about myriad issues confronting the post-secondary landscape. 

But the representatives weren’t there as much to talk as they were to listen.

Each believes their current roles away from the Capitol help inform them on important policies with respect to higher education in Minnesota.

“Many of the students I teach, they are struggling to make ends meet, and they are in school because they want to improve their lives,” said Isaacson (DFL-Little Canada), a communications instructor at Century College in White Bear Lake. “I’ve been in their shoes, I’ve walked on that side. That’s why I feel compelled to help anybody who is on that side right now.”

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