Legislative Updates

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As part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities System, Minneapolis College’s budget is considered by the State Legislature through a systemwide request. If approved, Minneapolis College’s portion of the Minnesota State allocation will provide funding to maintain existing levels of staffing and student services as well as maintain and continually improve its infrastructure and technology investments to accommodate students and employees. 

Supporting Minneapolis College and other Minnesota State colleges and universities helps students achieve their higher education goals affordably and helps the community by providing the talent employers need. Minneapolis College provides an affordable path for community members to elevate their socio-economic status and break the cycle of poverty through higher education. It serves as an anchor in the community at a time when extensive rebuilding of socio-economic systems is desperately needed. By serving under-represented students, Minneapolis College helps advance Minnesota’s economy and workforce. 

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Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra released the following statement regarding Gov. Walz's budget recommendation:

“We are very appreciative of the support that Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan have demonstrated through this strong budget proposal,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State.

“If enacted, the governor’s proposal would help stabilize the financial positions of our 30 colleges and seven universities, enable our students to continue on their educational journey, and drive the recovery of Minnesota’s economy from the impact of the pandemic with an educated and work-ready talent pool. We look forward to working with legislators through the remainder of the session towards our shared commitment: providing affordable access to exceptional higher education for all Minnesotans.”

Walz is also proposing \$35 million to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education for a workforce stabilization program. The program is for targeted grants for re-skilling and workforce stabilization.

The program is intended to benefit approximately 20,300 students who are eligible for grants to cover tuition and fees based on their income or are working in an industry that has been impacted by COVID-19.

Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter said at this afternoon's press conference that they started from a \$1.3 billion budget shortfall projected for 2022-2023, and that part of the challenge is closing that gap.

He said in addition to closing the budget gap, the administration is also investing \$1.3 billion in new investments for 2022-2023. He said the budget represents new spending, as well as spending reductions.

Schowalter said they are investing \$885 million in K-12 education, with initiatives that include: expanding extensive summer programs to help students catch up on learning, mental health, and targeting support for students most in need. He said they are also proposing an increase to the K-12 funding formula.

Schowalter said the administration is using a variety of solutions to balance the budget while investing to build a better future for Minnesota. Specifically, he listed a number of solutions: carryover from the previous fiscal year; \$1 billion from the budget reserve (leaving \$847 million in the reserve); transferring \$130 million to the general fund from the stadium reserve (the stadium reserve would be capped at \$100 million, with annual stadium costs at \$44 million); and raises $1.6 billion in additional revenue.

The additional revenue proposals include: expanding the working family tax credit, expanding the first tier of the individual income tax, establishing a 5th tier for families with incomes over \$1 million; \$7 million for Angel Tax Credit; an increase on the capital gains tax and corporate franchise tax rate; and reinstating the estate tax exclusion.

Governor Walz said about the budget, "Not every Minnesotan was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic equally. We know the COVID-19 pandemic hit our working families, small businesses, and students particularly hard. They need our help. The budget I am unveiling today will make significant strides in helping those Minnesotans stay afloat."

Lieutenant Governor Flanagan said, "We have often said that a budget is not only a fiscal document, it’s a moral document. This budget reflects the morals of the majority of Minnesotans. I am proud that this budget makes smart choices to invest in the future by asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share and supporting those who have borne the heaviest burdens of the COVID-19 pandemic, all while maintaining a fair and balanced budget."

Walz also said they will readjust their budget after the February economic forecast is released. This is the first big step in the budget process. Both the House and Senate will now work to craft their budgets.

The complete details of the budget can be found on Minnesota Management and Budget's web site.

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