Two newly-elected members of the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents are looking to bolster transparency and trust with lawmakers after fielding their criticism. Former regent Steve Sviggum and General Mills CEO Kendall Powell were elected to the board by the state Legislature February. Board vice-chair David McMillan and current regent Darrin Rosha were reelected, while Thomas Devine was ousted.
To help rein in the cost of college, Minnesota lawmakers would like to limit student service fees. Two proposals — which are opposed by administrators and student leaders — in the Minnesota Legislature would require the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State institutions to make mandatory student service fees optional or get any proposed increase approved by the student body in a vote.
As state lawmakers mull budget allocations, higher education committee members seek to balance funds for the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State. But the University’s budget request, which includes a $147.2 million increase for initiatives, may take a backseat to Minnesota State this year, which legislators say is in worse shape.
Whether it’s pulling for state funding, building relationships with lawmakers or fielding concerns over issues like the latest football controversy, University lobbyists stay busy at the state Capitol during the legislative session. J.D.
University of Minnesota resident and non-resident students could see tuition hikes this fall. At a House higher education committee meeting Wednesday, University President Eric Kaler told legislators an increase may come even if the state fulfills the school’s $147.2 million biennial budget request.
The Minnesota Management and Budget office released the state’s latest budget and economic forecast Tuesday, detailing an increased budget that could be at risk due to federal uncertainty. The state is now estimated to have $1.65 billion in the next biennium, up from a $1.4 billion November projection.
A bill traveling through the Minnesota Legislature could mean lights out for a state solar incentive program. The legislation — which the House already passed — would end the Made in Minnesota solar incentive program, which helps homeowners and small businesses install state-built solar panels.
Without state funding, Pillsbury Hall — a historic University of Minnesota building — is in danger of being shuttered. University officials are asking the state for roughly $23 million to renovate Pillsbury Hall, the second-oldest building on campus.
State lawmakers could halt a potential Minneapolis minimum wage hike in its tracks. A bill that would stop Minnesota cities in the state from passing their own labor laws — like minimum wage and paid sick leave — has cleared its first set of obstacles.
As a new Gophers football coach and athletics director try to change the culture of the program, one football player says the new tone is more serious than that of previous coaches. The player spoke with the Daily Friday and asked to remain anonymous to preserve his standing with teammates as he discussed the boycott, how the team has changed under the leadership of new head coach P.J.
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