University of Minnesota Morris student Josh Preston told a Capitol rally that the higher education funding debate has gone beyond just money.
â€œWe have reached a point in the history of our life as a university, and as a state, that when it comes to budgets we are no longer addressing issues of finance: We are addressing one of our values, priorities, morals,â€ he told hundreds of students in the Capitol rotunda.
Preston said that despite Morrisâ€™ good education and research reputation, it faces problems.
â€œAs a community of students, faculty and staff we have our share of concerns, concerns that include the fact that Morris professors make significantly less than on average than those of the Twin Cities, less than even Crookston,â€ he said. â€œHow are we able to, as a research facility, going to be able to continue leading the state forward when we canâ€™t even pay our best thinkers the salaries they deserve?â€
The Morris student also complained about â€œintellectually lazy, political bait-and-switchâ€ tactic of imposing tuition caps that lawmakers favor because it helps then get re-elected.