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U of Minnesota president makes final pitch to lawmakers

January 9, 2019
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler speaks about the university's biennial budget request at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has made his final pitch for a funding hike to state lawmakers.

Kaler steps down in July. He appeared at the state Capitol on Wednesday to outline the university’s request for a baseline funding boost of $87 million, an almost 7 percent increase from the two-year, $1.3 billion base the university regularly gets from the state. He also asked for $232 million in capital funding, mostly for refurbishing aging facilities.

Kaler calls the increase “modest” but says the additional state dollars would help the university hold a tuition hike for undergraduates on its Twin Cities campus to about 2 percent.

The additional baseline money would go toward employee pay raises, upgrades to classrooms and research equipment, and compliance with state and federal regulations.

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