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Media Advisory: U of M President Kaler to highlight legislative priorities in Jan. 11 media briefing

What: U of M briefing for Capitol press
When: 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 11, 2013
Where: State Office Building, Room 300 North

Contacts: Julie Christensen, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720

January 8, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (1/8/2013) --University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will provide media an overview of the university’s 2013 legislative priorities, in particular his commitment to freeze tuition for Minnesota undergraduate students, at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 11, in State Office Building Room 300, located at 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul.

“Our goal is to fiercely hold the line on tuition for Minnesota undergraduates, keeping the U affordable and education accessible to qualified students,” Kaler said. “At the same time, investment in University of Minnesota research and innovation helps drive industry and the state’s economy. The best way to keep Minnesota competitive, grow key industries and create new jobs is by investing in the state’s only comprehensive public research university.”

If passed by the Legislature, the university’s $1.18 billion biennial budget request would help advance industry and the state’s economy, and keep tuition steady for undergraduate resident students. It would also establish the Minnesota Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy fund (MnDRIVE) to focus on four emerging areas where the U’s distinctive strengths can help Minnesota companies enhance their national leadership: securing, protecting and growing the state and global food supply; supporting robotics, sensor and advanced manufacturing; advancing industry through environmentally sensitive and energy efficient approaches; and developing new treatments and cures for complex brain conditions.

As part of a long-term commitment to cut costs and operate more efficiently, the university’s legislative proposal also focuses on the U saving $28 million over the next two years, despite the state returning university funding to 2001 levels.

For more information about the university’s 2014-15 biennial budget request, visit

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