State Relations

Minnesota State Capitol

State Relations promotes the interests of all five University of Minnesota campuses with our elected officials in St. Paul and with other organizations around the state. We increase support for the University’s mission by illuminating the University’s contributions to research, education, public service, and the economy.

Capital Request Budget Request

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Governor signs two-year budget into law

On July 1, Minnesota’s new two-year $52 billion state budget took effect. This budget, negotiated between Governor Tim Walz, the House DFL majority and the Senate Republican majority, runs through June 30, 2023. Early in the morning of July 1, the legislature passed its final bill, the omnibus tax bill.

Setting University Legislative Priorities

Legislative priorities of the University are prepared in consultation with the President, the Provost, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations, and Government Relations and then referred to the Board of Regents for review and action. Once the recommendations are approved, the Board submits them to the Minnesota Legislature and executive branch agencies for consideration in the upcoming legislative session.

If you are interested in submitting a budget or capital request for consideration by the Legislature or Governor, please consult with the Dean of your college and the Office of the Provost. Government Relations cannot approve or deny budget or capital requests, and will only support projects or budget requests submitted by the Board of Regents.


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Kelly Mellberg

Director of State Relations
612-626-7372 | [email protected]



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Keeya Steel

Program Manager
612-625-5512| [email protected]
Focus area: Legislation tracking, fiscal notes, mandated reports.