Capitol engagement

The University of Minnesota’s $87 million biennial budget request to the Legislature this session focuses on attracting and keeping the best faculty, improving equipment in research facilities, and supporting U of M outreach across the state.

Topping the list is a requested $28 million state investment in the Institute of Child Development, built on the Twin Cities campus in 1913. The $42 million bonding plan, which calls for the U to contribute $14 million, will turn the building into a modern research and training hub for this top-ranked program. 

To maintain its 29 million square feet of physical space, the University has requested an additional $200 million for asset repair and renovation. These “HEAPR” funds allow for system-wide updates to improve campus safety, accessibility, and energy efficiency.

With a new governor in place and the launch of a new budget cycle, the University needs your help. Advocacy remains a key component of our support: advocacy contacts made to elected officials in 2018 increased by 94 percent over the previous year. Clearly, our elected officials are hearing from you about the importance of the University to Minnesota.  

Please remain engaged and, if you haven’t done so already, join UMN Advocates at advocates.umn.edu/join.

Published on April 3, 2019