Minnesota Governor Vetoes Higher Ed Funding Bill

On Monday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton vetoed a higher education budget bill, arguing that the legislation does not spend enough on the state's universities and student aid while criticizing several other provisions, Inside Higher Ed reported.

Despite facing a key budget deadline in less than a week, Democratic Governor Dayton decided to veto appropriations bills, warning Republicans not to embed policy changes in spending measures. In a veto letter on the higher education bill, Dayton wrote that the Minnesota Legislature funded less than 39 percent of his requested $318 million investment. The letter specifically cites smaller investments in need-based aid than he proposed, as well as a lack of investment in core mission support at the University of Minnesota and in campus support at Minnesota State.

Further, Dayton criticized the Republican bill for setting tuition at Minnesota State instead of leaving tuition-setting powers in the hands of appointed trustees. The move, Dayton argued, would likely lead to layoffs, fewer course offerings, and diminished support services.

Republicans have said they are not willing to write a blank check to the governor without policy reforms and that inserting policy provisions in spending bills is not unusual, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.


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