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U Cuts Apparently Slightly Less Severe Than Expected...

From the Strib:

JENNA ROSS

Higher education hit is big, but not as much as expected

Pawlenty splits $100 million in cuts to higher ed between U of M and MnSCU. The U had based its budget on a bigger cut.

The hit to higher education is big -- $100 million split between the two public systems -- but not as bad as many officials had expected.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced plans to unallot $50 from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and $50 million from the University of Minnesota system for fiscal year 2011. That's a 7.5 percent cut to MnSCU's appropriation and a 7.4 percent cut to the U for that year.

In his press conference, Pawlenty pointed out that under rules for the use of federal stimulus dollars, he could have cut more.

The University of Minnesota had built its proposed operating budget on the assumption that Pawlenty would reduce its 2011 appropriation by $73 million


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