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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Comments (4)
  1. laurie howard says:

    I hope someone gives up the money. because when financial aid cant provide for school funding, older adults its a shame we cant get grants to finish or change careers.The kids are paying way to much and half arent even going to school taking the money and those of us that want to go to school cant get finicial aid, or pell grants I got one for 300 hundred my classes are 550 apiece

  2. J B Haakons says:

    Does the Pres. of Uof M. make 600.000.oo plus per year.Shamfull…

  3. Victim Du Jour says:

    Cut spending at the U of M, we don’t need “Anti-Bush Poetry 101”

    1. The Soothsayer says:

      Back to class students…any excuse to get out of class for these lazy bums. I just graduated from the U with significant debt, but I am not whining and crying like a baby. I worked hard and landed a 70K job off the bat, I will pay off my debt in short order as I am a hard worker. Maybe all ya’ll LAZY COLLEGE KIDS should quit crying about everything under the sun!

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