University of Minnesota students — realizing that lawmakers may be looking at cuts in higher education funding as one of the ways to resolve the $6.2 billion state budget deficit — will rally at the Capitol Feb. 22.
Buses will bring students from the U’s Crookston, Duluth, Morris and Twin Cities campuses. They’ll urge legislators to keep tuition low and keep campuses safe.
The Minnesota Student Association is sponsoring the rally to “garner support for higher education funding and to raise awareness of the university as a key driver of Minnesota’s economic growth.”
“As the Legislature considers solutions to fill a $6 billion budget deficit, we must make clear that the University of Minnesota and its students are a tangible investment in our state’s future,” MSA President Sarah Shook said. “We call on elected officials to fight for the U of M’s status as a high-quality and affordable public research university.”
U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison, state Sen. David Senjem and U of M President Robert Bruininks are scheduled to speak at the rally. Students are then encouraged to meet with legislators and attend committee hearings.