The Minnesota Legislature adjourned on May 20 after a whirlwind session. The Legislature passed three major bills right before adjournment, including a tax bill, a spending bill and a bonding bill. However, both the spending bill and the tax bill were vetoed by Governor Dayton. It was a disappointing ending for many: little was accomplished and no new money was allocated to students through the State Grant program.
Throughout the session, however, advocates for the State Grant program — including many private college students and the Minnesota Private College Council — connected with legislators in ways that should pay off in the future. We asked legislators to start taking a longer-term approach to helping students by investing in the State Grant program.