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Statement by University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler in response to Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed biennial budget request

January 22, 2013

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler released the following statement today in response to Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed biennial budget.

“The proposed budget announced today by Governor Dayton is good news for Minnesota students, their families, our research enterprise and the university system as a whole. We appreciate the Governor’s strong support, particularly as it follows deep cuts to the U’s state funding during the last decade.

“In addition to reducing costs and making the U more efficient, we are committed to freezing tuition for the next two years for Minnesota resident undergraduates. Reducing the total tuition burden by about $2,500 for an average in-state undergraduate represents a meaningful savings for most families. The Governor’s proposed funding level for the university signifies that he shares our commitment to keep tuition affordable and education accessible to qualified Minnesota students of all economic backgrounds.

“The Governor’s proposed budget will enable us to invest in research and innovation to fuel the state’s industries where great strength exists. The Governor clearly understands the U’s unique role as the state’s only research university, offering significant return on investment for the state’s economy. Our MnDRIVE program will advance research in four key areas that will benefit Minnesota business and technologies, keeping Minnesota industry competitive and creating new jobs.

“By providing funding to the U for loan forgiveness for students who agree to practice health care in underserved areas of the state, more Minnesotans will have access to the health care they deserve thanks to Governor Dayton.

“We share the Governor's commitment to reducing administrative costs at the university. We are eager to complete the report requested by legislative leaders by March 15. Since I assumed this role 18 months ago, improving our operations and reducing costs has been a top priority. We can demonstrate solid progress in this area, but there is more to do. We will continue to make tough choices.

“We are humbled by the Governor's commitment to this great university. We will continue to work with the Governor and legislators to provide information and advocate vigorously for all elements in the university’s budget proposal.”

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