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Shutdown Worries Prompt Emergency Meeting At MnSCU

ST. PAUL  (AP) – The trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system have called an emergency meeting to consider the implications of a state government shutdown.

The trustees are scheduled to meet Wednesday morning.

Like the University of Minnesota, MnSCU depends on state support. Earlier this year, it asked for $1.26 billion from the state government over two years.

MnSCU says that it now receives less state support than it did in 2002 while experiencing a 25 percent enrollment increase.

Gov. Mark Dayton and Republicans who control the Legislature have been divided for weeks in their budget negotiations. If they fail to pass a budget by July 1, parts of the government will shut down.

Both St. Cloud State University and the St. Cloud Technical and Community College are part of the MnSCU system.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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