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Minnesota State responds to Gov. Dayton’s State of the State address

SAINT PAUL, Minn., March 14, 2018 – In his State of the State address, Gov. Mark Dayton recommended $10 million in supplemental campus support funding for the colleges and universities of Minnesota State. This follows the strong bonding recommendation the Governor first announced in January that would provide for significant investments in the facilities of our state colleges and universities.

“We sincerely appreciate the tremendous support that Gov. Dayton has always shown for higher education and the 30 colleges and seven state universities of Minnesota State,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State. “All of the supplemental campus support funding recommended by the Governor would go directly to our colleges and universities to support the success of our 375,000 students. This is a critical need for our 54 campuses to continue to be the key to developing the talent needed to grow Minnesota’s economy.”

Gov. Dayton also expressed continued support for asset preservation and capital projects at the colleges and universities of Minnesota State. “The infrastructure supported in the Governor’s recommendation are the facilities that our students need in order to become the talent that drives the growth of Minnesota’s economy. The capital projects in the Governor’s proposal will directly benefit students and expand our capabilities in fields that are in high demand by employers such as nursing, STEM, information technology, and the liberal arts. We thank him for his leadership in this important work. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, campus leaders, students, faculty, and staff  across the state to make our case to the legislature and to the citizens of Minnesota,” Malhotra said.

For more information about the Minnesota State supplemental budget and bonding requests, visit http://minnstate.edu/legislative/.

Gov. Dayton’s public works proposal would create an estimated 22,950 jobs

Gov. Dayton’s public works proposal would invest in world class colleges and universities, improve and repair state buildings and other critical infrastructure statewide Dayton’s public works proposal would build more than 218 projects across the state, creating thousands of new Minnesota jobs
Minnesota communities have requested $858 million in additional investments in local infrastructure projects, demonstrating need for significant bonding bill this session

ST. PAUL, Minnesota. – Gov. Mark Dayton today introduced a $1.5 billion public works proposal that would make urgently-needed investments to build world-class colleges and universities for Minnesotans, and improve and repair state buildings and other critical infrastructure across the state. Given the significant need for investments in higher education institutions statewide, Gov. Dayton’s proposal would invest $542 million at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State campuses. An additional $998 million would be directed to improving state buildings, building affordable housing, repairing clean water infrastructure, and other infrastructure projects across Minnesota.

Gov. Dayton’s public works proposal would create an estimated 22,950 jobs* and support statewide economic growth. Thanks to the governor’s sound fiscal management, the State of Minnesota has a triple-A bond rating and over $3.5 billion in bonding capacity this year. Gov. Dayton’s public works proposal would remain well within these limits – protecting the state’s financial standing, while making critical investments in our economy and our future. The governor’s proposal is designed to make state resources go further, by leveraging more than $570 million in private, local, and federal investment in Minnesota’s infrastructure.

“Since 2011, we have made many important investments in Minnesota’s aging classrooms, buildings, and other critical infrastructure,” said Gov. Dayton. “But those investments have not kept pace with the enormous need for infrastructure improvements across Minnesota. Years of underinvestment have shortchanged our economy, our higher education institutions, and the vitality of our communities.

“Now is the time to make substantial investments in our state’s future. My public works proposal would make significant, needed investments to provide world-class educations for our students, guarantee clean, affordable water for more of our communities, and ensure our state has the infrastructure necessary to grow and compete in the modern economy.”

Gov. Dayton’s public works proposal prioritizes strategic investments in higher education, would improve and maintain state buildings and other infrastructure, build more affordable housing, and deliver clean, reliable, affordable drinking water for Minnesotans. These urgently-needed investments also would protect the state’s long-term fiscal health. Approximately 50 percent of state and higher education buildings are currently in “fair” or worse condition. It costs an average of 70 percent more to repair a structure in “poor” condition than maintain a building in “fair” condition.

“Investment in state buildings and other critical infrastructure has not kept pace with the growing need. It would cost an estimated $8 billion over the next decade simply to restore and maintain our current state and higher education infrastructure,” said Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans. “Gov. Dayton’s $1.5 billion public works bill remains well within the state’s $3.5 billion in available bonding capacity. The governor’s proposal is a smart investment in Minnesota’s future – reducing a backlog of deferred maintenance before the costs of these urgently-needed projects escalate further.”

Governor recommends $180 million to address deferred maintenance at all 54 Minnesota State campuses

$94.5 million in capital projects on 16 campuses also recommended

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 16, 2018 – Today Gov. Dayton announced his top priority for this year’s legislative session: investments in infrastructure, including $180 million in asset preservation and replacement projects that would touch all 54 campuses within the Minnesota State system.  He also recommended $63.0 million in state funds be combined with $31.5 million in system funds be allocated to pay for 16 campus-based renovation projects to meet the needs of 21st century learners.

“Thank you, Gov. Dayton, for the strong recommendation for investment in the assets our colleges and universities maintain for students on behalf of the people of Minnesota,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor for Minnesota State.

Investing in world class colleges and universities

The top priority within the Minnesota State request to the legislature this year is asset preservation and replacement funds, with 40 percent of projects related to roofing, as Minnesota State is sheltered by 301 acres of roofs.  The next largest category of spending – 21 percent – will be used to maintain or replace the more than 2,600 different pieces of HVAC equipment, such as boilers and air handlers at the system’s 54 campuses.  Investments such as these in asset preservation ensure that campus operating dollars are dedicated to improving educational outcomes instead of repairing buildings.  Funding asset preservation projects will remain a top priority in future years, as well, due to a backlog of $913 million of deferred maintenance.

“Every year, Minnesota State welcomes more than 375,000 students who dream of being our state’s next generation of workers and leaders,” Malhotra said.  “The facilities supported in the governor’s recommendation are the bricks and mortar where the magic of higher education takes place; where our students’ dreams for a better future come true; and where they become the talent Minnesota absolutely must have if it is going to continue to thrive in today’s knowledge-based global economy.”

In addition to the asset preservation recommendation, Gov. Dayton also recommended that the legislature fund capital projects on 16 different campuses.

“These capital projects are designed to directly benefit students and provide a much-needed expansion of training and education in fields such as allied health, nursing, trades, STEM disciplines, business, information technology, education, and the liberal arts,” Malhotra said.  “I’m very grateful for Gov. Dayton’s leadership and advocacy for public higher education, for the students who benefit from it, and for the state’s future workforce.”

For additional information about the Minnesota State 2018 Capital Request, visit http://minnstate.edu/legislative/.

Flags flown at half-staff in honor of Immortal Four Chaplains Day


ST. PAUL, MN – In observance of the 74th Anniversary of the tragic sinking of the United States Army transport Dorchester off the coast of Greenland, Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.
Individuals, businesses, and other organizations also are encouraged to lower their flags in observance of the anniversary on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at the time of their choosing.

In 1957, the U.S. Congress established national observance of the tragedies anniversary to honor the four chaplains of difference faiths whose heroic and selfless acts that day saved the lives of many men. The Governor’s proclamation notes that Immortal Four Chaplains Day encourages all Minnesotans to express “compassion for those of different races or faiths.”

Witnesses of the event in 1943 recounted the heroic actions of Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Jewish; Lt. John P. Washington, Catholic; and Lt. Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed. During the 18 minutes the transport was sinking, the four chaplains went soldier to soldier to calm fears and hand out lifejackets. When there were no more lifejackets left to hand out, the four chaplains removed their own life vests and selflessly gave them to soldiers in need of protection. The four chaplains went down with the ship, arm-in-arm in prayer.

The chaplains’ unique interfaith spirit and love for their fellow men was memorialized by the United States Postal Service on a postage stamp titled “These Immortal Chaplains – Interfaith in Action.”

A copy of the Governor’s proclamation can be found here.

Gov. Mark Dayton releases budget recommendations for education

Gov. Mark Dayton released his budget recommendations for the 2018-2019 fiscal year this morning. He is is recommending an increase of $50 million in FY18 and $75 million beginning in FY19 to fund operating cost increases at Minnesota State.

The Governor urges Minnesota State to fund activities that address the educational attainment gap. As the state’s
demographics continue to shift, and communities of color continue to grow, a significant intervention is necessary to reduce the
state’s large racial disparities in academic achievement and educational attainment.

As a part of the Minnesota State system, Metropolitan State University receives funding via the legislative request submitted by Minnesota State. Minnesota State serves more students of color, first-generation college students, and low-income students, including the 43% of Metropolitan State University students who are students of color and the 42% who are Pell eligible.

A fully funded request will allow us to:
• Support more courses that students seek in high-demand fields—cybersecurity, biology, finance, computer science, nursing, law enforcement, and accounting.
• Expand online programs.
• Support the needed expansion of high-demand STEM programs, building on the opening of our Science Education Center.

Learn more about the legislative session and its impact on Metropolitan State University:
• Follow Minnesota State on twitter.com/mnscu
• Follow any of these Minnesota State legislative session hashtags: #FundMinnesotaState#54Campuses54Days, or #HEAPRisCHEAPER
• Visit the Minnesota State Legislative Session information page, http://minnstate.edu/legislative/ .

MAPL Fall Commencement 2016

The Master’s in Advocacy and Political Leadership cohort held its commencement ceremony on Dec. 10, 2016 at the Great Hall. Governor Mark Dayton was in attendance, as well as university president Ginny Arthur.

Details announced of Gov. Dayton’s bonding bill

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 4, 2017– Today, Gov. Mark Dayton introduced a Bonding Bill that included his recommendation for Higher Education Asset Preservation and Renovation (HEAPR) and bonding projects.

Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of Minnesota State, said “The governor’s recommendation demonstrates his continued commitment to our state as well as our state colleges and universities. The projects in his recommendation will build opportunities for students, and they are critical for developing the talent employers need. They are the highest priorities for our campuses.”

Michael Vekich, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said “Funding for the request from our Board of Trustees will directly benefit our students, enhance the quality of their education, and provide resources needed to maintain critical state assets. We are very grateful for the governor’s support.”

The governor’s commendation includes the following HEAPR and bonding projects for Minnesota State:

  • Systemwide – HEAPR $80,000,000
  • South Central College – STEM and Healthcare design and renovation $6,400,000
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls ‐ Center for Student and Workforce Success design and renovation $652,000
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Wadena ‐ Library and Student Development design and renovation $547,000
  • Northland Community and Technical College, East Grand Forks ‐ Laboratory design and renovation $551,000
  • Bemidji State University ‐ Academic Learning Center (Hagg Sauer replacement) design and renovation $12,598,000
  • Rochester Community and Technical College ‐ Memorial and Plaza Halls removal, design, renovation, and construction $14,475,000
  • Hibbing Community College ‐ campus reconfiguration $7,482,000
  • Winona State University ‐ Education Village Phase 2, renovation and demolition $16,871,000
  • St. Cloud State University ‐ Student Health and Academic renovation $12,381,000
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato ‐ Clinical Sciences Phase 2, design and renovation $4,350,000
  • Riverland Community College, Albert Lea – Transportation, Trade and Industrial Education design, construction, and renovation $4,951,000

Minnesota State, formerly known as Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, includes 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 400,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system in the United States.

Nov. 9: Governor’s Council on Community and Law Enforcement

Metropolitan State will host the inaugural meeting of the Governor’s Council on Law Enforcement and Community Relations from 4-7 pm, Nov. 9 in the New Main Great Hall, Saint Paul Campus.

In response to community concerns, Gov. Mark Dayton issued on Oct. 16, 2016, Executive Order 16-09: The Governor’s Council on Law Enforcement and Community Relations.

As an institution of higher learning, a neighbor, and a community partner seeking to contribute to this narrative and discourse, Metropolitan State University is honored to host the inaugural meeting of the council. The event is open to all Metropolitan faculty and students who are interested in community relations with law enforcement and criminal justice. The meeting is also open for public observance. Seating will be limited to the Great Hall and auditorium.

Both  Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will address the council to provide initial guidance at this meeting. RSVP online if you are interested in attending this important and historic event.