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University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler says on Friday that if the state provides nearly $43 million, the university can keep tuition from rising for two years. Don Davis | Forum News Service

Legislative notebook: UM president says progress made in trimming administration


ST. PAUL – The University of Minnesota prepares to ask legislators to approve a $1.8 billion budget as some lawmakers question a Wall Street Journal story that showed the school has an excessive administration budget.

University President Eric Kaler told reporters Friday that he agrees with legislators’ concerns about a top-heavy budget, but said the national newspaper article was misleading in saying the university has the largest administrative payroll of any research university.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.