Wednesday, February 18, 2009

HEAPR presented in Senate, New Cable Channels, Student Associations hold rally

Yesterday at the Capitol

System HEAPR needs presented to Senate
The Senate Capital Investment Committee met for the first time this session yesterday to discuss asset preservation projects throughout the state. Al Johnson, associate vice chancellor for facilities with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system presented the system's HEAPR needs to committee members. Johnson detailed the projects for the system and told committee members that many of the projects will be able to start very quickly. He said the object of the asset preservation list this year is fast execution throughout the state.

A bill has been introduced (SF781/HF855) by Capital Investment Chairs, Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, and Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, appropriating $35 million in bond proceed funds for HEAPR at the University of Minnesota and $50 million for HEAPR to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Today at the Capitol

Starting today, TPT 17 will no longer be available on Comcast Channel 17. Comcast cable subscribers may tune in the digital Minnesota Channel to view legislative proceedings.

Digital Cable Channels

Alexandria - Channel 396
Austin - Channel 396
Brainerd - Channel 396
Buffalo - Channel 396
Little Falls - Channel 396
Lowry - Channel 396
Minneapolis - Channel 202
Minnesota Lake - Channel 84
Owatonna - Channel 396
Rochester - Channel 396
St. Cloud - Channel 396
St. Paul - Channel 243

The MSUSA and MSCSA student organizations are holding their Advocacy Day at the State Capitol today. A press conference will begin at 12:30 p.m. in room 125 of the Capitol, followed by a rally at 1:00 p.m. in the Capitol rotunda. The message carried by the students will be ensuring a better future for Minnesota by protecting public higher education from cuts.

At the Capitol:
Legislative schedules are available for the House and Senate.

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