UMD's share of state money drops

DULUTH, Minn. - Over the past four years, the University of Minnesota Duluth received about 20 percent less in state funding than the Twin Cities campus did.

A Duluth News Tribune report says part of the reason is that state funding for the Duluth campus fell 42 percent from 2009 through last year. Over the same period, the Twin Cities campus saw its state funding fall 23 percent.

UMD Chancellor Lendley Black says another issue is Duluth's tuition increases. He says the school raised tuition to help the University of Minnesota handle its limited resources, but that led to less state help.

The Twin Cities campus also produces more research, which isn't supported by tuition.

Democratic state Rep. Mary Murphy says the state needs to make sure Duluth gets a bigger share of the money.


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