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Legislators and supporters learning of U's request
From eNews, February 5, 2004
On Tuesday (February 3), University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks made the case for full funding of the University's capital budget request to the House Higher Education Finance Committee. The hearing, which was held at Coffman Memorial Union on the Twin Cities campus, was followed by a tour of some of the facilities in the request. "This hearing was an important opportunity to explain our needs to legislators," says Bruininks. "Maintaining our infrastructure, modernizing classrooms, and taking care of this great public university is a wise and prudent investment for the state." The U is seeking $155 million in bonding for classroom and other facility renovations and upgrades, including health and safety improvements. Governor Tim Pawlenty recommended that the University receive $76.6 million or less than half of what it needs. To support the University's legislative efforts, more than 300 students, alumni, faculty staff, and friends braved the cold to attend the U's annual Legislative Briefing on January 22. The event provided an opportunity for U supporters to learn how to effectively communicate with state policy makers.