Today, LeadMN sent a letter to Governor Walz and legislative leaders urging them to invest $125 million of the state budget surplus into ongoing funding to reduce tuition at Minnesota community and technical colleges. Compared to the national average, Minnesota invests over $1700 less per FTE into our community and technical colleges. This large gap is having a detrimental effect on the affordability of college and the success of our students. This investment, which would equate to only 1.6% of the $7.7 billion surplus, would significantly improve college affordability and ensure that the path to the middle class is secure for another generation of Minnesotans.