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Governor and Legislature pledge to limit tuition increases

From today's Minnesota Daily:

Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and legislative leaders from both parties pledged Tuesday to limit University tuition increases when the Legislature reconvenes next month.

At a wide-ranging news conference beneath the Capitol rotunda, DFL and Republican leaders offered a preview of the upcoming session, in which lawmakers will approve University funding for the 2008-2009 biennium.

Although taxes, health care and transportation issues often dominated the discussion - and prompted most of the infrequent disagreement - lawmakers found common ground in their support for more affordable college.

"We know the economics of this tuition equation," said House Speaker-elect Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis. "When Minnesotans have access to education, they make more money for their families."