A ‘jigsaw puzzle’ of funds

By: Blair Emerson

For years, the University of Minnesota has waged careful battles with the state Legislature to ensure it has funding for building maintenance and repair needs.

And this year, administrators are testing a new strategy to make up for lost ground.

The school is planning to capture state support for building projects by shifting how it requests funding from the

Legislature, but some lawmakers are unsure of the strategy. Instead, the legislators are discussing a new method of dividing costs between the University and the state.

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