President Kaler: Special session necessary to finish Legislature’s work
Today, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler responded to the 2016 session of the Minnesota Legislature:
“It is unfortunate that the Minnesota Legislature failed to pass a bonding bill this session. As I stated recently in the Star Tribune, the University’s needs are great and urgent, as are the needs of communities across the state.
“We hope that the process continues, and I thank Governor Dayton for his strong words this week in support of the University of Minnesota. The Governor stated that the University’s request for the Health Sciences Education Facility on the Twin Cities campus was his number one priority this session. And I am grateful that Governor Dayton supports this important initiative that would greatly enhance the education of Minnesota’s future health care professionals.
“The vitality of Minnesota is inextricably linked to the continuing upward trajectory of the state’s flagship public research university. To quote Governor Dayton, ‘When you shortchange the University of Minnesota, you shortchange the economic and social vitality of the future of Minnesota, all over the state.’
“I ask the Legislature to increase their allocations to the U of M in the bonding bill, specifically the Health Sciences Education Facility, and I ask Governor Dayton to call a special session to finish this important work.”