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Dayton hears from educators about higher-ed cuts

Gov. Mark Dayton is hearing this morning  from college students, faculty and staff who will be affected by proposed higher-education budget cuts.
He’s at a roundtable on higher education at Metropolitan State University in St.

Gov. Mark Dayton is hearing this morning  from college students, faculty and staff who will be affected by proposed higher-education budget cuts.

He’s at a roundtable on higher education at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul with Sheila Wright, director of the Office of Higher Education; Robert Bruininks, president of the University of Minnesota; James McCormick, chancellor of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; and Paul Pribbenow, president of Augsburg College.

They’re expected to hear from students concerned about rising tuition and diminished state grants. College officials will talk about how proposed cuts now moving forward in the Legislature will affect research and training.

The House and Senate have passed separate bills that would cut more than $300 million from the state’s higher education budget; the governor had proposed far smaller cuts.