Legislative Update – April 27, 2018

Both chambers pass higher education omnibus bill

The House and Senate passed the higher education omnibus bill off the respective floors last night. In the Senate, the higher education bill is included in the one large omnibus supplemental budget bill, and can be found in Article 16 of the bill. In the House, the higher education bill was included with the K-12 education omnibus bill in one large education bill.

In the Senate, two technical amendments were offered and adopted in the higher education article. A third amendment, offered by Sen. Greg Clausen, DFL-Apple Valley, was not adopted. This amendment would have required the Office of Higher Education, in consultation with other higher education stakeholders, to study and develop student success metrics by program. The entire Senate omnibus supplemental budget bill passed the Senate after almost 12 hours of debate by a vote of 34-31.

The House higher education and K-12 education omnibus bill passed with no higher education related amendments adopted. The bill passed by a vote of 94-29.

The next step is to work through the differences in the bills in conference committee.

Headed into conference committee, the Senate bill appropriates $1 million in one-time funding to Minnesota State for NextGen. The Senate bill also reallocates $1 million of surplus funding from the college occupational scholarship pilot program administered by the Office of Higher Education and appropriates $500,000 of that surplus in one-time funds to Minnesota State for workforce development scholarships. The remaining $500,000 is appropriated to the Office of Higher Education for the State Grant Program, Agricultural Educators Loan Forgiveness Program, Student Loan Debt Counseling and the Teacher Preparation Program Design Program.

The House bill on the other hand, appropriates funding differently. $4 million in one-time funds are appropriated to Minnesota State for campus support. The bill also appropriates $1 million to Metropolitan State University for a cyber security program. Similar to the Senate bill, the bill reallocates $1 million of surplus funding from the college occupational scholarship pilot program administered by the Office of Higher Education, but appropriates $500,000 of that surplus in one-time funds to the University of Minnesota for tuition relief. The remaining $500,000 is appropriated to the Office of Higher Education for the State Grant Program, Agricultural Educators Loan Forgiveness Program, and Student Loan Debt Counseling.

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