Eric Kaler, the President of the University of Minnesota, wants a nearly 12-percent increase in the school’s budget and he’s asking taxpayers for the money.
Kaler detailed the university’s budget request for the coming two years at a Capitol news conference Tuesday. University leaders are asking lawmakers to increase funding for the university system by 11.75 percent, or $147.2 million, which would bring the total 2018–19 biennial budget to $1.4 billion.
Kaler acknowledged the concern among lawmakers over the Gophers football team’s recent sexual assault allegations and coaching changes. He said none of the money to buy out the contracts of former coach Tracy Claeys and his staff, or the salaries of new coach P.J. Fleck will come from state funds or student tuition.