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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota representatives told state-run colleges and universities to hold tuition increases to a minimum the next two years.


A bill House members passed 86-46 Wednesday keeps Minnesota State Colleges and University system tuition increases to no more than 2 percent a year for the next two years. University of Minnesota tuition is capped at 3 percent annually. The vote was mostly party line, with Democrats for and Republicans against.

"The stimulus money really helped us with this bill," Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, said. "Thank heavens it was there. But we did make cuts to the central office."

The MnSCU system would receive $65 million and University of Minnesota $115 million of federal funds the next two years.

Both systems would receive a bit more money than under current law -- $1.3 billion to MnSCU and $1.4 million to the University of Minnesota.

Tuitions rose in double digits in several recent years as lawmakers trimmed budgets.

Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, unsuccessfully tried to strip a provision from the bill that gives lawmakers more control over the selection of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities board members.

"I think it's unnecessary that we get involved," Nornes said.