In written testimony to the Minnesota State Board of Trustees, LeadMN President Oballa Oballa urged the Chancellor, College Presidents to take a voluntary 10% pay cut. The Minnesota State system should follow the lead of Governor Walz, the University of Minnesota President Grabel and other higher education institutions.

"Minnesota State needs to do everything possible to protect the services, staff, and faculty who work directly with our students. Food shelves, academic advisors, counselors, tutors, these are just some of the services and positions that ensure students have the support they need, and they will likely be some of the first to take the brunt of budget cuts if no action is taken to protect campus budgets. While this may sound drastic, the cost of doing something may be far less than the cost of doing nothing."

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