Three Minnesota legislators came to the Bemidji State campus yesterday to discuss higher education issues with students and faculty. Local representatives John Persell of Bemidji and Roger Erickson of Baudette were joined by deputy house majority leader Erin Murphy at the one-hour forum. All three are members of the DFL.
In a wide-ranging discussion, one of the main topics was the state budget passed last session that increased education funding and put in place a tuition freeze at Minnesota's public universities. Student debt loads, MnSCU administration, all-day kindergarten, and college athletic budgets were also discussed.