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University of Minnesota Seeks Nearly $1 Billion in State Funding School Enrollment

Hoping to benefit from the state’s historic $7.7 billion budget surplus, the University of Minnesota will ask the Legislature for nearly $1 billion in funding next year.

The U’s sizeable state funding request of $935 million includes about $473 million to upgrade aging infrastructure at its five campuses, $185 million for improving campus security and sustainability, and $65 million to expand scholarship opportunities for students, among other proposals. It’s an unusually large ask that is already being met with skepticism by some state lawmakers.

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