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Resolution allowing Legislature to study privatization of Minot State fails

Rep. Scott Louser, R-Minot

BISMARCK -- A House concurrent resolution that would have allowed the North Dakota Legislature to “study the feasibility and desirability” of privatizing Minot State University and two additional higher education institutions failed on the House floor Friday morning, Feb. 15.

HCR 3020, introduced by Rep. Scott Louser, R-Minot, said Minot State University, as well as other institutions, “have experienced serious budget cuts in recent years due to the state’s financial situation.” The resolution notes an option for resolving some of these budget issues could be the partial or complete privatization of some schools. The resolution received a “do not pass” recommendation from the House Education committee.

The measure failed in the House by a margin of 63-27.

Louser said while the resolution may be provocative on its face, suggestions that this proposal was headed toward closing Minot State University “could not be further from the truth.” Louser said he only wants what’s best for North Dakota universities.