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The past week has been particularly busy in our nation's Capitol, with Congress grappling with finishing Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations, the Trump Administration launching its budget for FY19, and the Senate debating immigration in earnest.
Today, Governor Dayton announced his capital infrastructure bonding recommendations for the 2018 session. In his recommendations, he included nearly $300 million for the University of Minnesota.
Updates on the Federal Budget, NIH research, Pell grant funding, and the status of the Trump administration's travel ban executive order.
Governor Dayton signed twelve bills into law, including the higher education and bonding bill.
After convening a special session at 12:01 am on Tuesday, May 23, the Legislature early this morning finalized the remaining budget bills for the fiscal year 2018-2019 biennium.
On Sunday, May 21, legislative leaders and the governor reached an agreement on the higher education budget bill.
On Monday, May 15, Governor Dayton vetoed the higher education conference report passed by both the House and Senate earlier that day.
This morning, legislative leadership announced its joint budget targets for its omnibus budget bills. The agreement includes $125 million in new spending for higher education, a compromise between the House and Senate positions. In March, the House originally proposed $149 million and the Senate $100 million for higher education.
On Wednesday, April 19, the higher education conference committee met for the first time to compare the House and Senate versions of the bill. President Kaler released a statement calling on the legislature to invest in the University of Minnesota's shared prosperity with the state.