Yesterday we began a special session, called by Governor Dayton and passed each of the remaining budget bills late last night.
As the committee chairman for Higher Education, negotiations were well thought out and I believe a good compromise was reached. Is everyone completely happy? No. But we tried our best to find positive outcomes for Minnesota students. We have encouraged schools to offer “locked in” tuition rates to students in order to control costs for students while also increasing funding to the work-study programs. Our students deserve a great education in Minnesota and they remain a priority to us. This bill also sets performance benchmarks for schools to achieve before they receive their complete funding and maintains funding for Postsecondary Child Care grants.
Minnesota is a state that prides itself on providing a great education to students beyond the K-12 school system. It is my hope that by making some reforms as well as making sure that the dollars allocated to higher education are spent wisely, our students have the tools they need to succeed post graduation.
After 20 days of a government shutdown I am glad the bills finally passed the legislature last night. The governor is expected to sign these bills today. It is my hope that offices will open quickly and Minnesotans will be put back to work as soon as possible and state parks along with rest areas will re-open.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact my office.