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Published June 14, 2011, 06:17 PM

Administrators share budget frustrations

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There is frustration from educators over dwindling dollars for higher education Minnesota Lawmakers today listened to the concerns over the budget proposal that would cover the next 2-years.

It seems as though people are a little upset at the lack of funding. More than 30 people came and spoke their mind about how budget cuts are affecting them."

Cindy Phillips: "I'm asking you to look to the long term."

It's becoming a pretty big problem; Schools needing money to support student success, and the state having a hard time finding funds to finance colleges and universities.

Larry Schwartz – MSUM Librarian: "Our libraries budget can in no way support a cut of that sort,"

MSUM and M-State staff made it known that they are not okay with the next biennial budget proposal.

Theodore Gracyk – Philosophy Chair MSUM: "We are slowing down the process of our students through the curriculum."

The MnSCU system is facing a 14 percent, or 400 million dollar budget cut. Faculty shortages and program cuts are taking top priority.

Gracyk: "Parts of our school are Swiss cheese right now, there are holes that shouldn't be there."

The common concern: Deciding how to support student success with a deeply declining amount of dollars. Tuition has already increased in the MnSCU system 70 to 90 percent since 2001.