On the campaign trail back in 2006, Governor Pawlenty had this to say about the excessive tuition increases under his watch.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty acknowledged in a major policy address Tuesday that tuition costs at Minnesota's public colleges and universities rose too fast during his first term, and he promised to hold down further increases if he is reelected.He promised to hold down further increases if he was reelected. Yet, the higher education community will face some of the steepest cuts under Pawlenty's plan.
"The tuition-level increases were too high,'' he said in a speech at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute in Minneapolis. He added an explanation: "Keep in mind that we had a budget crisis of historic magnitude in 2003. It's now 2006, and we've gotten to the point where we are adding back to higher education, and we will again.''
Source: Startribune, July 26, 2006
Kind of like that whole tax versus fee thing a few years ago isn't it.
And that's what ticks me off here, the shady ways of King Timothy James Pawlenty. With Pawlenty positioning himself for his political future, groups like college students will be political fodder.
During Pawlenty's first term, tuition at our state colleges rose nearly 70% and much higher at our community and technical colleges. The increases moved Minnesota from one of the most affordable states for higher education and into the Top 15 in the nation for tuition.
As recent as 2006, Minnesota earned a D when it comes to affordability of higher education.
And Governor Pawlenty wants to cut higher education?