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First deadline

March 15, 2019

It’s first deadline week at the Minnesota State Capitol, with legislators from both bodies moving swiftly to advance their policy bills before the clock strikes midnight tonight. Bill deadlines winnow the number of bills moving forward for the remainder of the session, as well as identify additional priorities for the parties.


Governor announces budget and capital recommendations

February 19, 2019

Today, Gov. Tim Walz announced his budget recommendations for the upcoming biennium. His recommendations include a $39.2 million increase for the University of Minnesota’s base budget, as well as an additional $150 million in general obligation bonds for infrastructure repairs at the University.


University presents 2019 Capital Request

February 8, 2019

This week, the University presented its 2019 Capital Request both in the House Capital Investment Division and the Senate Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee. University officials presented facts, along with compelling stories about individual projects on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses.


President Kaler presents biennial budget request to the House and Senate higher ed committees

January 18, 2019

The State Capitol was awash with committee hearings this week as new and returning members began the important work of framing individual committee priorities, setting procedural rules, and learning about the work of the House and Senate’s 56 different legislative committees, subcommittees, and divisions. Traditionally, the first week of hearings involves overview presentations of each committee’s work and provides members with an opportunity to hear from nonpartisan staff and state agencies or other institutions over which the committees maintain jurisdiction.