State legislators categorize the higher education budget

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There are a lot of moving parts in the state legislature with just over a month left in session. State lawmakers are expected to reveal details of the higher education funding bill this week.

The DFL budget increased funding for public colleges and universities by $650 million. But both houses of legislation disagree on how to use that money.

On Tuesday, the Senate passed its version of the bill that would make public college and university tuition free for anyone whose family earns less than $80,000 a year. The House of Representatives took a different approach on the bill passed a week ago.

DFL representative Gene Pelofsky of Winona was the author of the House bill, and he joined MPR News host Emily Bright to talk about what happens next.

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