Ryan Faircloth


UMN Medical School lobbies state legislature for new health facility as rankings lag

The University of Minnesota Medical School could resuscitate its fallen school ranking if granted state funding for a new health facility. University officials are asking the Legislature for $69.3 million in capital funding this session for a new health sciences education facility — which some say could provide learning advantages for medical, dentistry and pharmacy students.

More training for UMN football team necessary to combat sexual assault, admins say

The Gophers football team sat through four presentations on sexual assault prevention, relationship violence, the University’s sexual assault policies and bystander intervention in 2016. Just over two months after the last presentation, 10 players were accused of involvement in the alleged sexual assault of a game day employee. Now, University of Minnesota administrators say the answer is more training.

Q&A: Rep. Ilhan Omar talks first session, Republican control and President Trump

As the 2017 Minnesota Legislature’s session ramps up, newly elected Rep. Ilhan Omar, DFL-Minneapolis, sat down to talk with the Minnesota Daily. Omar, the University of Minnesota area’s House member, talked about her transition into the legislature, her goals for the session and her thoughts on Donald Trump’s presidency and how it could impact Minnesota. What’s it been like being the first Somali-American lawmaker in the U.S.? It’s been great.

Some lawmakers say UMN budget request reflects wants, not needs

Some state lawmakers are concerned that the University’s priorities are backward in its $147.2 million budget request. The University requested the state funds from the Minnesota Legislature for initiatives to retain faculty and staff members, improve retention and graduation rates, expand research and restore health training services, among others, in its biennial budget request.

Higher ed, health care and more: Here's what to look for this legislative session

As the Minnesota State Legislature looks to craft its next biennial budget, lawmakers are scrambling to address last year’s unfinished business. A little over two weeks into the session, legislators have already signed a federal tax conformity bill including tax deductions for qualified higher education expenses and passed a health care reform bill in the Senate. But issues from last year — like the failed bonding and tax bills — loom as legislators prepare to deal with a $1.4 billion budget surplus. Here are some main topics to follow during this year’s legislative session: Higher education The University of Minnesota is lobbying the legislature for nearly $400 million in state funding this year, including a $147.2 million increase to its biennial budget and $245 million for capital projects. These projects include $100 million for repair and maintenance of current campus buildings, $69.3 million for a Health Sciences Education Facility and about $23 million for a renovation of Pillsbury Hall. But before receiving state funding, University officials will have to answer for the football team’s recent alleged sex assault scandal, said Rep.

Republican-majority Legislature spurs questions about U's funding future

With Republicans snatching control of the Minnesota House and Senate earlier this month, some lawmakers think the shift could impact state funding for the University of Minnesota. Republicans anticipate a much smoother process to approve funding in the upcoming session for HEAPR and say it is possible the funding amount the University receives will change little from past years.