The Higher Education Committee which I chair heard the portion of Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal which pertains to colleges and universities this week.
His plan would raise spending to $45.8 billion, nearly 10 percent higher than the current budget. Within that, the governor proposes $318 million bump in higher education.
The House and Senate each will present their own budget proposals with higher education spending outlined. That will happen after the February economic forecast is available to provide us with firm parameters for budget work.
On a separate higher education note, congratulations to former Fergus Falls and Hillcrest high school football coach Richard Risbrudt for being named to the Minnesota High School Football Coaches Association hall of fame. Risbrudt, who graduated high school in Ashby, will be recognized during an April 1 ceremony at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis. Mr. Risbrudt has been instrumental in shaping the lives of so many students and athletes in Fergus Falls and we can’t thank him enough for the mentorship he provided our children over the years.
I appreciate the input citizens continue providing me during this legislative session. Aside from receiving my email updates, there are a number of other ways you can follow the Legislature online.
Below is a list I hope you find helpful.
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Session Daily A nonpartisan publication of Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services which provides hard news from the Capitol.
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Your Legislators TV program Your Legislators is a live one-hour program which runs 8 p.m. Thursdays during the legislative session on public TV. The weekly panels typically include a mix of two Republicans and two Democrats joining moderator Barry Anderson. Viewers are able to submit questions during the show.
Streaming video Live Internet video streaming of all television productions, plus additional coverage not provided on the broadcast channel, including evening, weekend and interim coverage.
How a bill moves to law A 16-page booklet explaining, in a simple, straightforward manner, how a bill moves from an idea to law. Capitol Steps is intended as a resource for junior high school students.
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