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Third legislative deadline passes

April 15, 2019

Today marks the beginning of the Minnesota Legislature’s Easter/Passover break. All omnibus budget bills have now passed out of their respective committees, per the legislative deadlines. Several bills have also advanced through House Ways and Means and the Senate Finance Committee, and are now awaiting action by either the full House or Senate.


House unveils higher ed omnibus bill

April 5, 2019

The Minnesota House of Representatives unveiled its higher education omnibus finance bill this week, and it includes $114 million for the University of Minnesota— $27 million above the University’s $87 million request.


Governor revises recommendations; House DFL announces budget targets

March 25, 2019

On = March 22, Governor Walz released his revised budget recommendations for FY2020-21. Today, the House DFL majority released its budget targets. The House proposed a $304.9 million increase for higher education, which includes the University of Minnesota, Minnesota State, and the Office of Higher Education.


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.


Shutdown impact

January 11, 2019

As the shutdown begins its fourth week, we want to let you know the impact on the University of Minnesota. Our thanks to colleagues across the University for keeping a close eye on the situation. Please check for updates SPA has received from affected agencies. 


91st legislative session begins

January 8, 2019

At noon today, the Minnesota House and Senate gaveled in the 91st legislative session, electing Rep. Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) and Rep. Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) as speaker and House minority leader, respectively. This follows yesterday’s inauguration at the Fitzgerald Theater of Minnesota’s 41st governor, Tim Walz, and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan.


MN House and Senate Choose Leadership

November 9, 2018

Moving quickly to assemble leadership posts, both the Minnesota House and Senate members-elect chose their leadership yesterday and today in the first steps toward forming their overall governing structure and priorities. 


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Elections Bring New UMN Alums to Congress and MN Legislature

November 8, 2018

With the results of Tuesday's election, there are many new UMN alums serving in elected office in Minnesota and Washington, D.C. 


UofM Alums Elected in Special Elections

February 13, 2018

Two state legislative special elections were held in Minnesota on Monday, sending two more University of Minnesota alums to the Legislature.


Growing Community and Local Government Relations

February 8, 2018

A driver of the success of the University is strong and vibrant communities surrounding our campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities.


Capital Investment Bonding Tours

January 19, 2018

Tours of campus bonding projects offer unique opportunities to explain the need for investments in the University.


About Government and Community Relations

December 22, 2017

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