Minnesota House approves spending bill for colleges
ST. PAUL — Students at state colleges and universities in Minnesota would see limited tuition increases in the next two years under a budget bill the House approved on Wednesday.
The college spending bill would use $180 million in federal stimulus money to cap increases at $300 a year at the University of Minnesota and at 2 percent a year at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities schools.
The higher education bill also would prevent the University of Minnesota from limiting alcohol sales to premium seating areas in the new Gopher football stadium set to open on Sept. 12. A university liquor license would have to apply to the entire stadium or not at all.
The vote was 86-46. Earlier Wednesday, the House approved a budget bill for farm and veterans programs.