Posted: September 28, 2004

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Minnesota's largest public system of higher education invites citizens to weigh in on its preliminary budget request to the legislature for the 2006-2007 biennium. Hearings are scheduled in Mankato Sept. 30 and in Brooklyn Park Oct. 14. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System's Board of Trustees is considering a request for a $66.5 million increase in state appropriations over the next two years to support core educational programs and keep tuition affordable at the system's seven state universities and 25 community and technical colleges.

The public budget hearings will be conducted by the Board of Trustees' Finance and Facilities Policy Committee as follows:

  • Thursday, Sept. 30, 1-4 p.m., at Minnesota State University, Mankato, 620 South Road, Centennial Student Union, Room 200-C, Mankato.
  • Thursday, Oct. 14, 1-4 p.m., at North Hennepin Community College, Campus Center room 206, 7411 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park.

Advanced registration is not required to speak at the hearings, but, depending upon the number of people who want to testify, time limits may be imposed.