The Minnesota Senate last night (Wed) passed a 3.3-billion-dollar higher education budget bill with a 100-million-dollar increase in funding for public colleges and universities. Lead author, Plymouth Republican Paul Anderson says the measure would also limit tuition increases to two percent at state colleges and universities and the U-of-M:

“We… recognized we don’t want to penalize the systems. We understand that there are some inflationary costs, but in this case we cap ’em at two percent.”

North Mankato Senator Nick Frentz says he voted no to the bill.

House Democrats’ bill would give higher education over a 300-million-dollar increase — three times what Senate Republicans approved. The two sides must hammer out a compromise in end-of-session budget negotiations which begin soon.