14% tuition increase at U

Thanks again, Governor Pawlenty, for your no new taxes pledge. This is what I’ll be paying next year.

University of Minnesota officials reluctantly passed a 2004-05 budget filled with tuition increases and cuts Friday, and then defiantly signaled that they are ready for a very public fight over further cuts in state funding.

The $2.6-billion budget includes tuition and fee increases for undergraduates that range from 12 to 14 percent as well as staff cuts. While most of the cuts are largely invisible to the public — a secretary here, a professor there, 60 cows sold from an agriculture program — officials said that if state funding is cut again, the kind of budget slashing that hit the University of Minnesota Extension Service last year and that raised hackles all over the state is just the beginning.

Comments (3) – Permalink – posted by Doug – 2004-06-13 23:12:17