Bill To Freeze U Tuition Unveiled; Lawmaker Lashes Out Over Payouts

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A top state House Democrat unveiled a bill Monday that would freeze tuition at the University of Minnesota and MNSCU systems for the next two years.

The bill would increase aid to the U of M and MNSCU by $150 million. It would be the first aid hike in eight years.

Rep. Gene Pelowski Jr., the lawmaker who unveiled the bill, was also harshly critical of high administrative salaries at both systems.

He called the millions of dollars in payouts to fired university basketball and football coaches “obscene”, and said the regents need to be held accountable.

The state Senate and Gov. Mark Dayton want to put even more money into higher education this year.

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