Mankato students walk to Capitol seeking more higher-ed funding

Six college students are walking from Mankato to the state Capitol in St. Paul to support additional legislative spending for the Minnesota State College and University System (MnSCU).

The students from Minnesota State Mankato left Sunday and say they’re walking 142 kilometers for $142 million (#142kfor$142million), an amount they say would continue a tuition freeze in the system. That’s about 90 miles over nearly four days.

MnSCU officials say the additional funding includes $108 million for a 3 percent compensation increase and $34 million for inflationary increases in operating costs.

The governor, Republicans in the House and DFLers in the Senate have not reached agreement on higher-education funding.

The students will arrive in St. Paul today and will meet with the state officials. Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith plan to meet with them at 2 p.m. They’ll also talk with legislators.

Minnesota State officials say students made similar walks in 2010, 2011 and 2013 to the Capitol to push legislators for more higher-ed funding. 

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