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Never a dull moment in our nation's Capitol

February 16, 2018

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.


Governor announces bonding recommendations

January 17, 2018

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.


Federal update

July 7, 2017

Updates on the Federal Budget, NIH research, Pell grant funding, and the status of the Trump administration's travel ban executive order.


Governor Dayton signs budget bills into law

May 31, 2017

Governor Dayton signed twelve bills into law, including the higher education and bonding bill. 


Legislature approves all budget bills; session ends

May 26, 2017

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.


Legislature passes higher education bill

May 22, 2017

On Sunday, May 21, legislative leaders and the governor reached an agreement on the higher education budget bill. 


Governor vetoes higher education finance conference report, House revises bonding proposal

May 17, 2017

On Monday, May 15, Governor Dayton vetoed the higher education conference report passed by both the House and Senate earlier that day.


Legislature announces joint budget targets

April 28, 2017

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. 


Higher ed conference committee meets

April 24, 2017

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.  


Latest News


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

The Government and Community Relations team at the University are your lobbyists and representatives at all levels of the government—representing the entire University of Minnesota system.