President Kaler: Legislative funding package will support the University’s land grant mission
On Monday, the Legislature passed a higher education finance bill that includes a $43.5 million increase in base funding for the University of Minnesota in the next biennium. The University had requested $87 million from the Legislature.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler released the following statement:
"We are grateful to our legislative partners for reinforcing their support for the University of Minnesota and increasing the state's investment in our land-grant institution. To the benefit of all Minnesotans, the funding included in the biennial budget will help in many ways.
"We approached the Governor and Legislature this session asking for the state to support the University's core needs so we could continue delivering world-class teaching, research and outreach to every corner of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota produces the highly trained workforce our state depends on today and the research that will create the jobs and solutions we will need tomorrow. We improve the lives and communities of Minnesotans every single day in ways no other institution can match.
"Although this investment by the state was short of our request, we are grateful for the amount provided and we look forward to working with the Legislature and governor to grow Minnesota's economy. This support will help make the University an excellent and accessible institution for all Minnesotans.
"As always, we will make the best use of the funding the Legislature approved and continue focusing on work that supports our mission in service to the state."