… in the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes that the most charitable description of what’s been going on at the clubby University of Minnesota medical school would be “bizarre.”
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Clueless in Morrill Hall
From the Pioneer-Press:
Starting Tuesday in the legislative session, the $6.2B deficit will dominate the show.
Minnesota Republicans insisted throughout the 2010 campaign that they could erase a projected $6.2 billion deficit in the state budget without increasing taxes.
"We're going to live within our means," House Speaker-designate Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, said repeatedly.
Now he and his fellow Republicans, who won control of both houses of the Legislature in November, are going to get a chance to prove it.
Republican leaders suggested [new governorn Dayton's] tax increases would be dead on arrival in the Legislature.
"We are not interested in raising taxes," said Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo.
One thing is certain: The new state leaders must balance the budget. The Minnesota Constitution requires it.
Minnesota's two higher-education systems want more money from the state over the next two years. [sic]
The University of Minnesota will request $642 million a year, and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is asking for $630 million a year.
That would mean an additional $100 million for the U, which plans to use the money to restore faculty positions, shore up student aid and keep up with rising costs. MnSCU officials say a nearly $50 million increase would help hold down tuition increases and provide up-to-date job skills to more Minnesotans.
Noting that 302 MnSCU administrators are paid more than the governor's $120,000 salary, Dayton said he wants to revamp the way both higher-education systems are administered.
Simply put: It is irresponsible and foolish for the Morrill Hall Gang at the University of Minnesota to ask for more money under these circumstances.
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