If most state government operations shut down like they did in 2011, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system might be able to keep operating.
Sponsored by Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls), HF1990 was held over March 1 by the House Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee for possible inclusion in its omnibus bill. A Senate companion, SF1780, sponsored by Sen. John Carlson (R-Bemidji), awaits action on the Senate Floor.
“I’m not crazy about auto-pilot bills, but I think this is an exception,” said Rep. Terry Morrow (DFL-St. Peter). He told committee members about speaking with MnSCU students a week before the shutdown, when he was repeatedly told such a shutdown would delay students’ education plans by a year.
The bill was amended to require MnSCU to repay Minnesota Management & Budget for budgetary services provided during a budget impasse.
System funding decreases
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