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.

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Minnesota Legislature adjourns

The Minnesota Legislature has adjourned until February 12, 2024. 

The 2023 higher education budget bill provides more than $118.1 million in FY24-25 for three of the University’s six requested budget items:

  • Core mission support: competitive compensation; tutoring, advising, and other essential student services; classroom equipment and supplies; facility maintenance; and technology.
  • Systemwide safety and security: modernize systemwide security infrastructure such as building access controls and cameras.
  • American Indian Scholars Program: provide full undergraduate tuition and fee scholarships for eligible Minnesota American Indian students at any of the University of Minnesota’s five campuses.

Learn more about the higher education budget 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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Keeya Steel

Government Relations Communications Analyst 
[email protected] 
Focus area: UMN Advocates, fiscal notes, mandated reports.