State Representative Gene Pelowski of Winona is questioning a $2,000,000 contract the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system issued to a consultant without making the contract public in initially.
According to Twin Cities.com, the contract was awarded to a New York firm to help MnSCU launch an overhaul of the system called 'Charting the Future.'
Chancellor Steven Rosenstone did not bring the contract up when students asked about the plan's costs or when he updated the MnSCU board about the initiative.
Pelowski,who heads the House Higher Education Committee, is questioning the lack of a public airing of the contract and the need for such a sizable investment.
Pelowski also earlier questioned the three-year contract extension given to Chancellor Rosenstone that was approved by the board of trustees last fall but never made public until a few weeks ago.
Pelowski told Twin Cities.com he and his counter part in the Minnesota Senate are working on legislation that would require the MnSCU board to publicly approve future Chancellor contracts and give the legislature more oversight of the MnSCU system.