‘U’ Regents Set To Approve State Budget Request

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota Board of Regents is scheduled to consider formally requesting nearly $110 million from the state Legislature for building projects next year, including $50 million for a new physics building.

The regents meet Friday in Minneapolis to vote on their 2011 state capitol budget request. The second most expensive line on the budget, at $35 million, is repairing and upgrading existing buildings.

Specifically, the university wants to replace the leaky roofs on several buildings and upgrade elevators system-wide to bring them into compliance with state law.

The university also wants $12.5 million for projects to mitigate the damage to sensitive lab equipment from the planned Central Corridor Light Rail line through campus and $7 million for an American Indian research center on the Duluth campus.

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