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Letter: Legislature worked for higher education

When the legislative session began, the University of Minnesota outlined an aggressive plan to keep college within reach for Minnesota's families and partner with the state to solve some of our society's most challenging problems.

Thanks to President Eric Kaler's leadership, and the commitment of policymakers to investing in higher education, Minnesota undergraduate students will benefit from a tuition freeze at all five University of Minnesota campuses for the next two academic years. That's a savings of about $2,500 per student.

Meanwhile, Minnesota industries will grow thanks to new investments in research and innovation at the University. Governor Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature invested in critical scientific advances in food production and protection, robotics, water quality and addressing brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. This cutting edge research will improve lives in Minnesota communities and around the world, and spark new and growing industries in our state.

These investments in the University are good news for our state. Thank you Governor Dayton and our legislative leaders, including Higher Education Chairs Sen. Terri Bonoff and Rep. Gene Pelowski, for investing in students and keeping our economy strong.