Steven Rosenstone says that Friday's budet deal is "the first new funding for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities since...2007" and "will help increase access to higher education for all Minnesotans and ensure that our colleges and universities remain affordable."
Rosenstone says "We greatly appreciate the support Governor Dayton and the legislature have demonstrated for our students and the communities we serve.”
The Senate and House passed the higher education budget Friday with bipartisan support. It includes a $250 million spending increase, with more than half the increase going to pay for the tuition freezes at University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities campuses.
The bill includes new money to increase the number of students who get state grants to help pay for college. It also makes children of immigrants who are undocumented eligible for resident tuition rates at state colleges and universities.
Republicans who voted against the bill say the University of Minnesota hasn't demonstrated responsible use of taxpayer dollars.