Gov. Mark Dayton releases budget recommendations for education

By Robert Boos
Posted January 24, 2017

Gov. Mark Dayton releases budget recommendations for education

Gov. Mark Dayton released his budget recommendations for the 2018-2019 fiscal year this morning. He is is recommending an increase of $50 million in FY18 and $75 million beginning in FY19 to fund operating cost increases at Minnesota State.

The Governor urges Minnesota State to fund activities that address the educational attainment gap. As the state’s
demographics continue to shift, and communities of color continue to grow, a significant intervention is necessary to reduce the
state’s large racial disparities in academic achievement and educational attainment.

As a part of the Minnesota State system, Metropolitan State University receives funding via the legislative request submitted by Minnesota State. Minnesota State serves more students of color, first-generation college students, and low-income students, including the 43% of Metropolitan State University students who are students of color and the 42% who are Pell eligible.

A fully funded request will allow us to:
• Support more courses that students seek in high-demand fields—cybersecurity, biology, finance, computer science, nursing, law enforcement, and accounting.
• Expand online programs.
• Support the needed expansion of high-demand STEM programs, building on the opening of our Science Education Center.

Learn more about the legislative session and its impact on Metropolitan State University:
• Follow Minnesota State on twitter.com/mnscu
• Follow any of these Minnesota State legislative session hashtags: #FundMinnesotaState#54Campuses54Days, or #HEAPRisCHEAPER
• Visit the Minnesota State Legislative Session information page, http://minnstate.edu/legislative/ .