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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Several hundred students from throughout the state are rallying in the capitol as they try to drum up support for higher education funding.

Gov. Mark Dayton spoke to the students at the rally over the lunch hour Tuesday. He said he wants a state budget that avoids higher education cuts and hopes that an improving economy will mean greater state investments in campuses in the years to come.

The Minnesota Student Association hosted the event. The group’s president, Sarah Shook, says they want to make sure the Legislature considers the university and its students as it seeks to fill a $6 billion deficit.

A group of College Republicans held a counter-rally to argue that college administrators bear a bigger responsibility for rising college costs than do decisions at the state level.

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