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Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing follows debate Wednesday on the House floor. Lawmakers debated bills funding agriculture, veterans, environment, energy and higher education programs. Don Davis - Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Bill holds tuition increases down

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota representatives told state-run colleges and universities to hold tuition increases to a minimum the next two years.

A bill House members passed 86-46 Wednesday keeps Minnesota State Colleges and University system tuition increases to no more than 2 percent a year for the next two years. University of Minnesota tuition is capped at 3 percent annually. The vote was mostly party line, with Democrats for and Republicans against.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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