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Open Forum: Deep cuts to education


Over the next few days, Gov. Mark Dayton and state legislators will work to reach agreement on a plan to address our $5 billion budget deficit. As part of their “all cuts” plan, Republicans have proposed the deepest cuts in state history to higher education. If enacted, funding for public colleges and universities will be returned to the 1998 level, despite the fact they are educating 50,000 additional students.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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