Walking 100 Miles for Higher Ed

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As lawmakers present their respective proposals for higher education funding, students representing a handful of Minnesota State universities, from Mankato to Moorhead to Bemidji, completed a 100-mile walk Wednesday.

It’s the fifth time students have made this trek orchestrated by Student United, a non-partisan student group.

State Chair Joe Wolf and State Chair-Elect Faical Rayani led fellow students from the campus of Mankato State University to the steps of the capital in St. Paul. Billed as “Fund the Future: 100 miles for Tuition Relief,” the journey from Mankato State University to the State Capitol Building took nine students four days to complete.

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This is the 100 mile route students took to the Minnesota Capitol to support funding for higher education.Google

This is the 100 mile route students took to the Minnesota Capitol to support funding for higher education.

The omnibus higher education bill is currently stalled in the Senate where Republicans hold a one vote majority. Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) is absent because her father is ill and the bill probably wouldn’t pass without her vote.

The Republican higher education budget is about $100 million less than what Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has requested. Senator Nick Frentz- D-Mankato hopes that students trekking to the Capitol will help break the deadlock between Dayton and Republicans. “Talking about the things that matter to Minnesotans will hopefully bring the two sides together before May 22nd when we have to adjourn.”

Jeff Achen

Jeff was a television, print, and digital reporter from 1999 until 2009. He has worked extensively in the nonprofit and journalism communities of the Twin Cities since 2006, serving as a digital strategist for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners and GiveMN.org from 2010 until 2014. Jeff is an active video producer, photographer and owner of CallSign51, a creative services company specializing in video production and photography. He is a longstanding member of the Society of Professional Journalists and former Minnesota Pro Chapter board member. Additionally, he is a Navy veteran and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Nepal).

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