>>THE MINNESOTA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF HIGHER EDUCATION TO ORDER. WELCOME. I WANT TO KNOW IF SOMEONE WOULD LIKE TO MOVE THE MINUTES FOR APRIL 2ND?>>SO MOVED.>>THANK YOU. ANY DISCUSSION? ALL THOSE IN FAVOR? THOSE OPPOSED? MOTION PREVAILS.>>ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. TODAY WE’LL WALK THROUGH HOUSE TILE 2324. WE’LL BE POSTING A D E AMENDMENT TOMORROW. MANY OF THE CURRENT PROVISIONS WILL BE IN THE OMNIBUS. PLEASE PRESENT YOUR BILL.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE WANTED TO DO AN OFFICIAL WALK THROUGH OF WHAT THE BILL LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE THE FOR MAT OF THE GOVERNORS BUDGET. WE DISCUSSED OF HOW WE’RE ABLE TO SAVE RESOURCES AND PREVENT OUR STAFF FROM GOING INTO OVER DRIVE WHEN WE’RE DOING AN D E AMENDMENT ANYWAY. WELCOME TO THE COMMITTEE. I’LL HAVE THEM WALK THROUGH THE SECTIONS OF THE BILL.>>ALL RIGHT. YOU’RE FIRST UP.>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WALK THROUGH THE BILL ON BE HALF OF THE GOVERNORS REVISED RECOMMENDATIONS. I’M HERE TO OFFER THIS BRIEF — AND STAND FOR QUESTIONS.>>I’M THE ACTING LEGISLATIVE — OF THE OFFICE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. THIS BILL IS STARTING AT THE TOP HERE. THE TOTAL INCREASE IN THE GOB NE’ERS REVISED — I’M GOING TO HEAD INTO THE AMOUNT. I’M GOING TO GET ONE SLIGHTLY THE APPROPRIATIONS THAT THE — THERE ARE MANY OTHER ITEMS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN TALKED ABOUT BEFORE. BUT I’M HAPPY TO RESPOND TO QUESTIONS. SO PAGE 2; THE STATE GRANT APPROPRIATIONS. THE GOVERNORS REVISED IS 43.6 FOR THE BIENNIUM. IF THERE WERE A 0 TUITION INCREASE THE GOVERNOR WOULD REQUEST –. CHILD CARE GRANT. SIX POINT — MILLION PER YEAR. THE PARAGRAPH ROGRAM IS PROVIDING MONEY TO STUDENTS AND YOU DO IT AS A SUPPLEMENT. INSTEAD OF A SECOND DAIRY TOTAL EARNING IS MORE THAN THE APPROPRIATIONS. WE REQUIRE A 25 PERCENT MATCH FROM THE INSTITUTION. THESE ARE MOSTLY ON CAMPUS JOBS. SUBDIVISION FIVE. THERE WERE 11;900 # STUDENTS. 4;000 NORTH DAKOTA STUDENTS WHO ATTENDED MINNESOTA INSTITUTIONS. SUBDIVISION SIX IS THE SAFETY OFFICER SURVIVOR PROGRAM. THIS IS ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH YEAR AND IT IS THE SAME AS IT WAS LAST BIENNIUM. THERE WERE 12 RECIPIENTS. AND SUBDIVISION EIGHT IS TRIBAL COLLEGES. RECEIVE FUNDING THE APPROPRIATION $150;000 A YEAR AND TO SERVE STUDENTS WHO ARE ATTENDING THOSE COLLEGES WHO ARE NOT — EITHER THEY ARE INDIGENOUS STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED OR THEY ARE NON– WHO ARE BEING SERVED BY THOSE COLLEGES. THE INTERVENTION FOR COLLEGE ATTENDANCE GRANT. $839;000 EACH YEAR. THE GOVERNOR RECOMMENDED AN INCREASE OF 25 PERCENT IN THIS PROGRAM. THAT RECOMMENDATION DID NOT CHANGE BETWEEN THE GOVERNORS PROVISIONAL RECOMMENDATION AND REVISED. SUBDIVISION TEN. NO INCREASE FROM LAST BIENNIUM. SUBDIVISION 11 IS THE GET READY PROGRAM. THIS IS PART OF THE MATCHING FUNDS FOR FEDERAL FUNDS OF 3 POINT $3.4 MILLION A YEAR IN THE YEAR UP PROGRAM. SO THIS IS PART OF THE MATCHING FUNDS FOR THE FEDERAL 3 POINT $3.4 MILLION A YEAR PROGRAM. SUBDIVISION 18. 45;000 TLRS $45;000 A YEAR. MINNESOTA RECONNECT. $2 MILLION A YEAR EVEN THOUGH THE AMOUNT SHOWN HERE IS $4 MILLION A YEAR. THIS CONNECTED ADULTS AGE 25 TO 40 THAT DID NOT RECEIVE A CERT OR DEGREE — PREVENTED THEM FROM GOING BACK AND FINISHING THEIR POST EDUCATION. RESOURCE SHARING. FIVE POINT THE MILLION A YEAR. THAT’S THE SAME AS THE LAST BIENNIUM. STATEWIDE DATA SYSTEM. AND THIS IS ONE $.882 MILLION EACH YEAR. A ONE MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE EACH YEAR. MOST OF THAT MONEY PREPLACES EXPIREING — ENHANCES AND MEETS DEMANDS FOR OUTCOMES. $645;000 EACH YEAR WHICH IS THE SAME AS LAST BIENNIUM. SUBDIVISION 19. $250;000 EACH YEAR. SUBDIVISION 20 IS SPINALAL CORD INDUSTRY RESEARCH GRANT. THREE MILL WHY NOT — $3 MILLION EACH YEAR. SUBDIVISION 21 IS THE SUMMER ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAM. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT INCREASE; THE DOUBLING OF THIS PROGRAM. SCHOLARSHIPS ARE UP TO ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. 24 OF THE 35 PROGRAMS OFFERED THROUGH SUMMER ENRICHMENT ARE SCIENCE PROGRAMS. SUBDIVISION 22. THIS IS PARTNERSHIPS WITH HIGHER EDUCATION AND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OR AND INDUSTRY. THE GOVERNORS REVISED RECOMMENDATION HAS A ZERO INCREASE IN THIS. IT COMBINES ON-THE-JOB TRAINING WITH CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION THAT WORKERS EARN WHILE LEARNING. 67 PERCENT OF THOSE WERE IN GREATER MINNESOTA. 41 LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS. SUBDIVISION 22 IS THE PART OF THE GRANT THAT GOES TO THE LABOR AND INDUSTRY. $200;000 EACH YEAR. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OR AND INDUSTRY IDENTIFIES THE STANDARDS FOR THE OCCUPATION. SUBDIVISION 24 IS CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT COURSES. GRANTS TO DEVELOP NEW COURSES FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. $340;000 — THERE WILL BE AN AMENDMENT THAT ASKS FOR CHANGE IN THIS LANGUAGE. SUBDIVISION 24 IS $25;000 FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORTING. SUBDIVISION 27 IS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR POST SECONDARY STUDENTS. $175;000 EACH YEAR AND THIS IS A PRIORITY OF THE STUDENT ADVISORY. OFFICE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. SUBDIVISION 28. THIS MONEY IS IN ADDITION TO THE GOVERNORS INCREASE. IT IS $500;000 EACH YEAR. AND THE MONEY THAT IS IN THE OFFICER OF EDUCATION BUDGET — THIS IS GRANTS FOR STUDENTS IN TEACHING. TEACHER CANDIDATES IN AREAS OF SHORT TUNNELINGAGE. THERE WAS AN APPROPRIATION THAT DID NOT CANCEL AND CARRY OVER. THIS PARTICULAR FUNDS 200;000 STUDENTS — AND SUBDIVISION — I’M GETTING OFF MY LINE.>>YOU’RE READING CORRECTLY BUT IT IS DIFFERENT IN THIS BILL.>>THANK YOU. SUBDIVISION;>>I JUST WANTED TO ASK IF WE GOT TO EACH OF THE — DID WE MISS ANYTHING?>>SORRY. SUBDIVISION 27 IS STUDENT EMPLOYER CONNECT CONNECTION. THIS AMOUNT IS BEING TAKEN OUT OF THE BILL. THEY CREATED THE WEB TOOL LAST DIE EN YUM AND DID NOT NEED ONGOING.>>CAN YOU TELL US THEN THE NUMBER THAT WE’RE ON NOW?>>SO WE’RE ON SUBDIVISION 30. I’M SORRY SUBDIVISION 31. $375;000 A YEAR. SUBDIVISION 32 IS THE AGRICULTURE LOAN FORE GIVE NECESSARY PROGRAM. $50;000 EACH YEAR. WE DO NOT HAVE — YEAR OF AWARDS YET. SUBDIVISION 33 IS THE AVIATION DEGREE LOAN FORE GIVE NECESSARY PROGRAM. GIVENESS PROGRAM. THE CAMPUSES THAT RECEIVE MONEY IN THIS PROGRAM ARE CENTRAL LAKES; RIDGE WATER COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE. SUBDIVISION 35 IS THE LOAN REPAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR ATTORNEYS SERVING LOW INCOME CLIENTS. SUBDIVISION 36 IS ONE MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR WHICH IS 0 INCREASE FROM LAST BIENNIUM. 49 STUDENTS. SUBDIVISION 37. OFFICE OF HIGHER EDUCATION HAS 25.5 FULL-TIME STAFF THAT ARE PAID FROM THE GENERAL FUND OUT OF THIS APPROPRIATION. SUBDIVISION 38. SUBDIVISION IS LANGUAGE UNTRANSFERRED. MONEY NOT BE SPENT FROM PARTICULAR — ONE PROGRAM TO ANOTHER THAT USUALLY HAPPENS IN THE SECOND YEAR OF THE BIENNIUM. AND NEW LANGUAGE IN THIS SECTION ADDS THE COLLEGE A ATTENDANCE PROGRAM. I’M GOING TO JUST SPEAK BRIEFLY TO THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR MINNESOTA STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. I’LL DO THE BROAD-BRUSH AND IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS — SPEAK MORE TO THOSE. THE GOVERNORS REVISED RECOMMENDATION FOR THE BIENNIUM. MORE THAN THE TOTAL SHOWN HERE. AND FOR THE CENTRAL OFFICES THERE IS NO INCREASE FOR OPERATIONS. FOR THE LEARNING NETWORK OF MINNESOTA. THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA GOVERNORS REVISED; FOR THE BIENNIUM WHICH IS HIGHER THAN THE AMOUNT SHOWN HERE AND I’M GOING TO SKIP OVER MOST OF THE REST OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. AND ARTICLE 2. TWO. SECTION ONE IN ARTICLE TWO AMENDS 1278; THE EARLY CHILDHOOD LANGUAGE. ESTABLISHES THAT — INTO THE STATEWIDE EDUCATION DATA SYSTEM. THE LEAD AGENCY ON THIS SYSTEM EVEN THOUGH IT IS NOT — DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SEVERAL OTHER AGENCIES. SECTION 2 AMENDS — STATE GRANT PROGRAM EXISTING LANGUAGE. FOR EACH CATEGORY OF STUDENTS. THE GOVERNORS REVISED RECOMMENDATION BY FIVE FOR EACH CATEGORY. SECTION 3. IS THE — THIS WOULD FILL IN FOR UNAWARDED FEDERAL PROGRAMS. FOR MINNESOTA GREEN ACT. WE EXPECT IT TO AFFECT BETWEEN 485 AND 500 STUDENTS. SECTION 4; AMENDS EXPENSE ALLOWANCE. THE GOVERNORS REVISED — FOR (INAUDIBLE). 108 PERCENT OF POVERTY. SECTION FIVE; AMENDS LANGUAGE ON DUAL TRAINING GRANTS AND ADDED AUTHORITY TO INCLUDE — LODGE AND GO MEALS ASSOCIATED. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PRACTICALLY UTILIZING THIS TRAINING WHO HAVE TO TRAVEL 2 OR 3 HOURS TO ANOTHER LOCATION TO GET THE TRAINING NEEDED. SECTION SIX AMENDING THE LANGUAGE ON THE DUAL TRAINING. IT LIMITS THE COST FOR TRAVEL; LODGING AND MEALS FOR NO MORE THAN 1 ;500. SECTION 18 LANGUAGE — RANKING MEMBERS. COMMITTEE IS AND THERE WILL BE — GRANTS IN THE AMENDMENT.>>I SO FAR HAVEN’T SEEN ANY QUESTIONS BUT THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD PLACE TO PAUSE IF ANYONE NEEDS CLARIFICATION. PROVEIT THEN. PROCEED THEN.>>WE’RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE AMENDMENTS TODAY. SO IF YOU CAN LEAD US IN THOSE.>>THANK YOU. SO THE FIRST SECTION IN AMENDMENT A 190322. CURRENT ENROLLMENT COURSES THAT WOULD ALLOW THE GE SEE TO USE SOME OF THE FUNDS IN THE APPROPRIATION TO CREATE NEW SECTIONS OF POST SECONDARY TO INCREASE THE — CURRENT ENROLLMENT AND ALSO CLARIFIES THAT THE PROGRAM WILL BE A COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM. THE GOAL OF THE APPROPRIATION WAS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION COURSES OFFERED. THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF TEACHERS WHO HAVE THE RIGHT CERTIFICATION. SO WE’RE ASKING FOR LANGUAGE THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO WORK WITH SOME OF THE INSTITUTIONS. HELP THE TEACHERS THAT NEED TO GET THIS IN ORDER TO — COURSE. THIS IS SOMEWHAT SIMILAR TO A BILL — BY REPRESENTATIVE. THE SECOND SECTION IS GRANTS WITH — MAXIMUM AWARD EACH YEAR. INTO THE APPROPRIATION BUT PROVIDE EARLIER INFORMATION. ABOUT HOW MUCH THEIR AWARD WOULD BE. AND THEN FINALLY THE ONE THAT IS MORE COMPLICATE TODAY EXPLAIN IS THE MINNESOTA COLLEGE SAVINGS PLAN. TECHNICAL (INAUDIBLE). A TAX ADVANTAGE INVESTMENT TO HELP FAMILIES PAY FOR COLLEGE. THE OFFICE CONTRACTS WITH C I AN A. TO OPERATE THE PROGRAM. FROM THE CREATION OF THE PROGRAM IN 2001; THE STATE PROVIDED MATCHING GRANTS WHOSE PARENTS HAD FAMILY INCOMES OF 80 $80;000 OR LESS. THE MATCHING GRANT WAS ELIMINATED IN THE 2009 SESSION. MANY ACCOUNT OWNERS IN THE PROGRAM SIGNED UP FOR — RATHER THAN SAVING PAPER STATEMENTS. THOSE APP COUNT OWNERS WHO RECEIVED PAPER STATEMENTS CONTINUE TODAY RECEIVE A SECOND STATEMENT TRACKING; DURING 2018 THE — HAD NOT BEEN RECEIVING ANY UPDATES OR NOTIFICATIONS ABOUT THEIR MATCHING GRANT. MORE THAN 3;000 FIVE HUNDRED ACCOUNTS WERE IN IMPACTED. MATCHING FUNDS REVERT TO THE STATE GENERAL FUND. THIS LANGUAGE BECAUSE THE MATCHING FUNDS WERE NOT USED BECAUSE THEY DID NOT KNOW THAT THEY WERE THERE; THIS LANGUAGE WOULD ESTABLISH SESSION LAW THAT WOULD PERMIT THE OFFICE OF EDUCATION TO GIVE THEM THE ACCESS FOR TWO YEARS. EVEN IF THEY ARE OF AGE 28 OR OLDER. SO THAT’S WHAT IS IN THE AMENDMENT. WE DID ASK THAT PEOPLE FROM MINNESOTA STATE AND THE UNIVERSITY BE HERE TO SPEAK TO THE WRITER AND IF THE COMMITTEE HAS QUESTIONS ON THOSE ITEMS.>>THANK YOU. I HAVE A QUESTION. SO (INAUDIBLE) ON PAGE 12. IT MIGHT BE SPECIFIC — PARDON ME? (INAUDIBLE) I’M GOING TO BE ON PAGE 12. SO 12 .18 TO 12.22. THESE ARE ACTUALLY THINGS THAT CAME FROM THE FIRST ONE IS SOMETHING THAT I’VE DONE IN THE PAST. I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT THE ANTICIPATION IS AND HOW MANY ONLINE AG COURSES; HOW MANY ONLINE AG COURSES HAVE BEEN CREATED BY THE FARM — AT THE COLLEGES AND JUST GETTING A LIST OF WHAT THOSE ARE AND HOW MANY THEY HAVE DONE. CURIOUS ABOUT THAT. AND THEN ON THE 12 .23 TO 12.24 I KNOW THAT WAS A PROGRAM THAT WAS A PRIVATE PROGRAM. I WANTED TO KNOW WHERE WE HAVE VETERANS TO AG. I KNOW THERE IS A PROGRAM FOR THEM TO PROVIDE A REPORT. BUT I THINK IT HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. I COULD LIKE TO KNOW REALLY WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THAT. WHERE IT IS BEING USED AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THOSE ARE VALUABLE. AND SO I AM CURIOUS ABOUT THOSE. THANK YOU.>>I’M SENIOR SYSTEM DIRECTOR FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AT MINNESOTA STATE. I HELP AT THE SYSTEM LEVEL TO WORK WITH THE FARM MANAGEMENT BUSINESS PROGRAM. I ALSO MANAGE THE PROGRAM FOR OUR CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE. WE HAVE TWO CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE AND AGRICULTURE. ONE SERVING NORTH MINNESOTA AND THE OTHER SERVING SOUTH MINNESOTA. THOSE TWO CENTERS HAVE DIRECT — FOR THE FARMS BUSINESSMAN EDGEMENT PROGRAM. AS TO THE ONLINE COURSE DEVELOPMENT FOR FARM BUSINESSMAN EDGEMENT THE WORK IS BEEN FOCUSED ON CREATING THE IN — INFRASTRUCTURE ONLINE. FARM BUSINESSMAN EDGEMENT COURSES SAY TOOLBOX HAS BEEN DEVELOPED. WE HAVE 67 FACULTY. THIS NEW MODEL OF DEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN VERY IMPORTANT FOR OUR FARM BUSINESS FACULTY TO LEARN ABOUT. WE HAVE CASE STUDIES AND TOOLS. SPECIFICALLY THE CLASS THAT HAS BEEN OFFERED MOST IS A WARM BUSINESSMAN EDGEMENT MARKETING CLASS. THEY’RE WORKING ON A RECORD KEEPING CLASS. MANAGEMENT MARKETING CLASS. THEY’RE WORKING ON A RECORD KEEPING CLASS. THEY’LL CONTINUE TO MARKET THIS TO COME IN THROUGH ONLINE DELIVERY. SO IT IS A VALUABLE PROGRAM AND WE APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT.>>THANK YOU. REGARDING THE VETERANS; I APPRECIATE THAT YOU MENTIONED THE TWO CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE. I JUST WANT TODAY MAKE A COMMENT. WE HAVE HAD A REQUEST BY REPRESENTATIVE WHO REPRESENTATIVES THE NORTHERN CENTER OF EXCELLENCE TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR THOSE TWO CENTERS. I’M CURIOUS ABOUT THAT. THERE SEEMS TO BE A NUMBER OF SITUATIONS WHERE SOME TIMES THOSE; INTERSECT. HIGHER ED GETS THAT SAME KIND OF TUG AND PULL. I JUST WAS CURIOUS BECAUSE IT SEEMS AS THOUGH THEY MUST BE UNDER FUNDED. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IS THERE A BETTER WAY FOR THE HIGHER ED BUDGET TO BETTER SUPPORT THE CENTERS OF AG. IF YOU WOULD HAVE ANY COMMENTS ABOUT THAT?>>THANK YOU. LET ME ADDRESS THE VETERANS TO AGRICULTURE PROGRAM FIRST. AND THEN I’LL TALK ABOUT THE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE. THE VETERANS TO AGRICULTURE PROGRAM HAS BEEN ONE OF PROMOTING THE IDEA THAT VETERANS WITH SPEAK A VARIETY OF JOBS IN THE INDUSTRY. SO NOT NECESSARILY TO BE A DIRECT FARMER. BUT TO LOOK AT THE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES. SO MOST OF SUPPORT FOR THE VETERANS TO AG HAS BEEN IN THE PROMOTION OF THE INDUSTRY. WITH ALL OF THE OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO THEM. IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT TO IDENTIFY AND REALLY MEASURE HOW MANY VETERANS HAVE GONE ON INTO FARMING OR PRODUCTION. WITH THAT SAID; THERE CONTINUES TO BE A GREAT DEAL OF WORK DONE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE VETERANS DEPARTMENT. THAT IS ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF THE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE. THEY PARTNER WITH OTHER STATE AGENCIES TO TRY AND ENCOURAGE EMPLOYMENT AND OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH EDUCATION IN THESE AREAS. SO I’LL GIVE YOU A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES OF HOW THE FUNDING HAS BEEN USED. WE HAVE DISTRIBUTED 3900 — TO PROMOTE — PROGRAMS. WE’VE DONE RADIO MESSAGING. 19 RADIO STATIONS AND ALL AREAS OF GREATER MINNESOTA IN RURAL AREAS. WE HAVE HELD SUMMITS WITH FACULTY. AND FARM BUSINESSMAN ENTITLEDMENT IS A WAY TO REACH OUT. MANAGEMENT IS A WAY TO REACH OUT. WORKING WITH THE SIX FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT COLLEGES IS PRIMARY. THE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE AND THE WORK THAT THEY DO; WE STARTED OUT WITH FUNDING FROM THE LEGISLATURE OF THIS PROGRAM ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO WE FUNDED FOUR CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE. WE NOW HAVE 8. EIGHT. SO WE’RE TRY TO GO DO MORE WITH LESS IN THE SENSE THAT INSTEAD OF DOING FOUR CENTERS WE DEVELOPED EIGHT OF THEM WITH THE SAME AMOUNT OF FUNDING. SO THESE ADDITIONAL FUNDS AND PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO WORK THROUGH THE CENTERS ARE VALUABLE TO THOSE PROGRAMS. I CAN’T REALLY SPEAK TO — THEY SHOULD BE SUPPORTED BUT MINNESOTA STATE HAS HAD A STRONG COMMITMENT TO THOSE PROGRAMS. MUST OF THE INDUSTRY FOLKS ARE APPRECIATIVE. LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION THAT COMES TO THE CENTERS IN TERMS OF CURRICULUM AND WORKING WITH STUDENTS.>>THANK YOU. ONE MORE COMMENT. AS WE CREATE NEW AND DEVELOP INITIATIVES THAT WE NEED TO KEEP IN MIND; ONGOING FUNDING IS NECESSARY TO PROVIDE THE ACCESS; RESOURCES NECESSARY; THE ABILITY TO DO THE JOB AND IF WE’RE NOTABLE TO DO THAT THEN WE NEED TO LOOK AT OUR FUNDING OR TRYING TO SUPPORT THINGS THAT MAYBE CAN’T BE MET WITH THE RESOURCES THAT ARE CURRENTLY ALLOTTED. SO WITH IN THE SYSTEMS THERE MIGHT BE RECONFIGURATION.>>I HAVE A COUPLE QUESTIONS TOO. THESE WOULD BE BACK TO HIGHER EDUCATION. THANK YOU. ONE QUESTION THAT I HAVE; I WANT TO UNDERSTAND THE GRANT PROGRAM. ONE HUNDRED AND 20 STUDENTS HAVE RECEIVED THESE GRANTS AND THEN DOES THAT MEAN THIS WOULD BE HELPING THEM IN STUDENT/TEACHING YEAR?>>YES. THIS IS DESIGN TODAY HELP THEM IN STUDENT TEACHING. THERE WERE A NUMBER OF TEACHERS OF COLOR WHO WANTED TO BECOME TEACHERS WHO COULDN’T AFFORD TO STOP WORKING. THIS IS GRANT DESIGNED TO HELP THEM MAKE IT THROUGH THAT TIME PERIOD AND GET THEIR CERTIFICATE.>>SO WHEN WE HEARD THE BILL ABOUT WHAT WE NEEDED TO DO TO PROMOTE AND ENCOURAGE TEACHERS OF COLOR THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT WE HEARD OVER AND OVER AGAIN. HOW DOES ONE — IS IT JUST NEED BASED THEN HOW THESE GRANTS ARE AWARDED?>>I’M GOING TO HAVE TO GET BACK TO YOU ON THAT. THAT IS A NEW PROGRAM THAT HAPPENED WHILE I WAS RETIRED.>>TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT — DATABASES AND SUPPORT FOR THOSE AND I’M WONDERING IF WE ALSO HEARD FROM REPRESENTATIVE — NOT HERE. ABOUT OPEN SOURCE TEXTBOOKS AND ENCOURAGING FACULTY TO COORDINATE SO THAT THERE IS MORE AVAILABILITY OF THESE. IS THERE A CONNECTION BETWEEN THESE BILLS AND THIS FUNDING?>>THEY STARTED; I WANT TO SAY ABOUT 30 YEARS AGO. AS INTERER LIBRARY LOANS WHEN THEY WERE SHIPPING BOOKS FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER. IT HAS EVOLVED INTO MOSTLY PURCHASING ONLINE DATABASES; MANY OF WHICH IS SCHOLARLY JOURNALS. ALSO; RESOURCES THAT ARE — TO COUNTY LIBRARIES — THEY TEND TO BE THEY DO HAVE SOME TEXTBOOKS; BUT THEY TEND TO BE A SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT FUNCTION.>>SEEING NO MORE DISCUSSION? ANY CLOSING WORDS ON THE WALK THROUGH?>>THANK YOU FOR WALKING THROUGH THIS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANTED TO LET MEMBERS KNOW THE UPCOMING SCHEDULE. THURSDAY; TOMORROW; WE’LL DO THE D E AMENDMENT WITH HOUSE FILE TWO. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I DID MENTION AT THE BEGINNING IS THAT THE PERSON IN THE SENATE WHO WAS THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL WAS SENATOR PAUL ANDERSON. ON MONDAY APRIL 8TH WE WILL WALK THROUGH THE OMNIBUS BILL AND RECEIVE PUBLIC TESTIMONY. THAT IS FROM 11 TO 215. WE DO HAVE BACK UP. THE BACK UP TIME WOULD BE TO COME BACK AFTER SESSION WHEN WE’RE DONE. HOPEFULLY WE CAN WRAP IT UP. SO REALLY HOW MUCH TESTIMONY THAT WE HAVE AND THE QUESTIONS THAT MEMBERS HAVE. SO I’M HOPING THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO DO THAT BECAUSE THERE IS A BIG BASKETBALL CAME THAT — MAY WANT TO WATCH OR EVEN ATTEND HERE IN MINNESOTA. SO I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT THAT IS OUR BACK UP. WE DO WANT TO PROVIDE THE PUBLIC TESTIMONY OPPORTUNITY. TUESDAY APRIL 9TH THE DEADLINE WILL BE AT TEN AM. I JUST WANT TO VERIFY THAT. AND THEN THERE WILL BE AN OMNIBUS MARKUP. AND AND THEN ON WEDNESDAY WE’LL HAVE A HEARING FROM 230 TO 4 AND IT WILL BE (INAUDIBLE) HERE.>>WE HAVE TWO THINGS. ONE IS THAT ALSO THIS IS PUBLIC MEETING AND WE ARE WELCOMING PUBLIC TESTIMONY. WE PARTICULARLY WOULD LIKE ONE MORE COMMENT FROM REPRESENTATIVE LOUIS.>>THANK YOU. IT IS NICE TO SEE THEM. HOWEVER THAT YOU WANT TO HANDLE IT.>>WELCOME TO PUBLIC TESTIMONY. WE HAVE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA STUDENTS.>>OKAY. SO WE’RE EXPECTING PUBLIC TESTIMONY OUT OF YOU TODAY. THAT’S YOUR CLASS ASSIGNMENT. IF ANYBODY WOULD LIKE TO COME FORWARD AND TALK ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES AS A STUDENT. WE ARE OPEN FOR PUBLIC TESTIMONY. AND WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE BUDGET. WE CAN ALLOW UP TO 2 MINUTES. TWO MINUTES. SNAP 2 TWO>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. I’M A CURRENT SOPHOMORE. I’M STUDYING POLITICAL SCIENCE AND ECONOMICS. WE HAVE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS COMING HERE TODAY TO SPEAK WITH THEIR REPRESENTATIVES. UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PROVOTES OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS AND MINNESOTANS AND ACROSS THE STATE IN A TIME OF ECONOMIC GROWTH AND MINNESOTA PROSPERING. SO THAT’S ACROSS ALL UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA SYSTEMS. CONCERNS OF OUR STUDENTS ARE UNDER REPRESENTED POPULATIONS; 20 PERCENT ARE NATIVE AMERICANS. TEN PERCENT ARE STUDENT OF COLOR. 40 PERCENT ARE FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS. IF THERE ARE QUESTIONS AT ALL. I HOPE THAT YOU ALL — THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>THANK YOU. ANYONE ELSE? SEEING NO MORE DISCUSSION — ONE MORE.>>THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA HAS LONG BEEN SOMETHING THAT I HAVE TRIED TO SUPPORT FOR YEARS. OVER THOSE YEARS IT TURNS OUT 46 THOUSAND;000 — AND IT IS PROVIDED ME THE TOOLS OF YESTERDAY FOR TOMORROW. THE SAME POINT IS THAT THE STUDENTS — SUPPORT THE U DAY; THEY NEED THE TOOLS TO GET READY FOR THEIR JOURNEY OF TOMORROW. WE CAN PROVIDE THAT IF THE BUDGET IS SET RIGHT. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. SEEING NO MORE TESTIMONY OR DISCUSSION.>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU MEMBERS. I’M A FRESHMAN OF UNIVERSITY MINNESOTA TWIN CITIES. I THINK THAT IS I SCHOOL OF 50;000 STUDENTS IT IS HARD NOT TO BE LOST IN THE NUMBERS. I DON’T THINK MANY STEW DIDN’TS FEEL LIKE THEY’RE LOST IN THE NUMBERS. I THINK ONE THING THAT YOU HEAR COMING IN AS A FRESHMAN IS THAT YOU’LL FEEL SMALLER. I TRULY BELIEVE THAT IT IS A HUGE CAMPUS BUT IT HAS TURNED INTO A HOME. IT IS ALSO GIVEN ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY ABROAD. AND THAT’S NOT A PLACE THAT TYPICALLY PEOPLE WOULD THINK TO TRAVEL TO AND IT HAS OFFERED SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES. STUDENT GOVERNMENT HAS GIVEN US THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRACTICE OUR POLITICAL VOICES AND PRACTICE OUR ROLES IN — AND TURNING THE WORLD INTO WHAT WE THINK IT SHOULD BE. IT HAS SHOWN US HOW TO BE BETTER LEADERS AND BETTER VOICES AND BETTER PEOPLE. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION?>>I HAVE A COMMENT. I WANTED TO WELCOME YOU HERE. I GUESS WHAT REALLY STANDS OUT IS THESE YOUNG PEOPLE DRESSED IN SUITS AND TIES. YOU’RE REPRESENTING YOUR GENERATION VERY WELL TODAY. KEEP IT UP.>>ALL RIGHT.>>HI. I’M A GRADUATING STUDENT. I WANTED TO SHARE A LITTLE BIT OF MY STORY. MY SISTER IS ALSO GRADUATING. IT HAS BEEN FANTASTIC TO HAVE THESE PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE CLASSES OF PROINVESTIGATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES. I HAVE INTERNED HERE. I HAVE WORKED WITH VETERANS COMMUNITIES AND THAT IS JUST TWO AND A HALF YEARS. I JUST WANT TO SHARE MY SUPPORT FOR FUNDING. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. CAN YOU — DO YOU KNOW WHO YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IS?>>YES; I DO. I SAW HIM A LITTLE BIT EARLIER TODAY. I ALSO HAVE REPRESENTATIVE — HE’S FLOATING AROUND TODAY. THANK YOU.>>I WOULD JUST LIKE TO OPEN AN INVITATION TO COME TO OUR ICE CREAM SOCIAL THAT WE’RE HAVING LATER TODAY.>>4 TO 5. THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>THANK YOU.>>I’M CURRENTLY A SENIOR. I’M FROM LAKE CITY MINNESOTA. I GUESS FROM MY PERSPECTIVE; BOTH OF MY SISTERS ATTENDED. AND THEY WERE BOTH ANIMAL SCIENCE. I’M HERE FOUR YEARS LATER. IT HAS HAD A BIG IMPACT ON OUR FAMILY. I THINK THE ONE THING IS THAT WHEN MY SISTER WAS CONSIDERING GOING TO CAMPUS; MY FAMILY OF DAIRY FARMERS DIDN’T KNOW IF THEY COULD AFFORD THIS. THEY WERE ABLE TO BOTH GET FULL SCHOLARSHIPS. SO THE LENGTH THAT THAT GOES TO IS HUGE. SO THANK YOU FOR HELPING OUR FAMILY AND NOW WE CAN ALL BE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA –>>IF YOU WANT TO DO A ROAD TRIP SOME TYPE. GO SOUTH AND THAT IS WHERE I WAS BORN. A LOT OF STUDENTS GO — IT IS A VERY LONG ROAD.>>QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? THANK YOU.>>ALL RIGHT. HAVING NO MORE PUBLIC TESTIMONY. WE ARE ADJOURNED.