Kaler: Governor’s supplemental budget proposal reinforces U’s importance

March 15, 2016
State capitol

Today, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler thanked Governor Mark Dayton for his support of the University in the supplemental budget proposal, expressing his gratitude for the Governor’s affirmation of the University’s importance to Minnesota. Governor Dayton’s proposal includes full funding for three projects in the University’s supplemental budget request.

“The University's supplemental budget request includes funding to improve access to quality health care across the state and to secure the University’s digital assets. I am grateful Governor Dayton recognizes the importance of these initiatives,” said Kaler. “I look forward to continued partnership with the Governor and the Legislature.”

The University is requesting $38.85 million in this year’s supplemental budget for four projects that will support health care training, education and services statewide; advance and diversify Minnesota's mining region; and protect critical assets with cyber security technologies. Governor Dayton’s recommendation provides $35.25 million of that request, including full funding for three of the projects:

  1. $19 million in one-time funding to upgrade the University’s network to improve cyber security data protection systemwide for students, faculty, staff and public users.
  2. $10.5 million in recurring funding to restore funding for two critical health programs formerly financially supported by UCare. This will support family medicine clinical training in Duluth, Mankato and the Twin Cities, as well as the University’s Mobile Dental Clinic.
  3. $3.25 million in recurring funding and $2.5 million in one-time funding to improve access to quality health care across Minnesota, investing in the Community University Health Care Clinic and the Rural Dentist Associate Program. This initiative is known as Healthy Minnesota.

One additional project is included in the University’s supplemental budget request. The University is requesting $3.6 million in recurring funding to revitalize Minnesota’s mining region through research coordinated with key stakeholders to maximize resource recovery, diversify the state’s mineral opportunity portfolio to include higher value metallic products and create remediation technologies to reduce sulfate in water.

U leaders, faculty, alumni, community leaders and students will continue to make their case at the Legislature to fully fund the University’s 2016 capital request and supplemental budget request.

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