Kaler testifies before Senate on public support for higher ed

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University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler is a veteran witness at state Legislature hearings in St. Paul.

He made his first appearance before Congress on Thursday, when a U.S. Senate panel called him to testify on the state of public spending on colleges across the country. His message: Minnesota has a spotty, but steadily improving, record on that front.

States’ per capita investment in higher education budgets fell 23 percent nationwide between 1999 and 2011, Kaler noted in his testimony, but Minnesota’s fell even faster, 48 percent.

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