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Legislative Updates: The Devil Is In The Details

from Caroline Hayes and Martin Sampson:

The details of the House committee bill in its first version include, among others:

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Elimination of three biomedical science buildings the legislature authorized last year,
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Tuition may not increase by more than 3% in each year of the 2010-2011 biennium,
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Students are guaranteed the same tuition rate for all four years of an undergraduate career (in other words, each class would have a distinctive annual tuition rate, a system that Illinois has used and that in the past was available to U of M students.)

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Stores on U of M and MnSCU campuses may not sell clothing that is not made in America,
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State money may not be used to fund new administrative positions or increase administrative salaries.
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The Regents must increase enrollment of Minnesota resident freshman with the goal of reaching at least the proportion of Minnesota resident undergraduates enrolled in the U in the 2006-07 year.

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Some (most?) of this may not go through. Regular readers will recognize, however, that many of these items have previously been whined about by me on this blog as well as on the Periodic Table.

The conclusion to this sad tale will certainly be most intereting...


Comments

"State money may not be used to fund new administrative positions or increase administrative salaries."

Ha! Someone besides me is skeptical about UM administration!! It's a good day. :)

I'm with Eve on the freezing of administrative positions and pay.

But this is an altogether different sort of measure: "Stores on U of M and MnSCU campuses may not sell clothing that is not made in America."

This is hardly calculated to save money. It represents a partisan position on a highly contestable -- and hotly contested -- set of issues involving domestic labor, foreign trade, and national economic policy.

But on balance these are intriguing and possibly even beneficial budget provisions.

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