ND universities want government backing for private donations

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – North Dakota university officials say a proposed $30 million state grant fund would help them raise private money for projects. The proposal got a hearing Wednesday in the House Education Committee. It was part of Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s budget proposal to the Legislature. It would provide up to $10 million for North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota. North Dakota’s remaining nine public colleges could get another $1 million each. The bill says the colleges have to raise at least $2 to get $1 of state support. The money could be used for a variety of things – from buildings to raising salaries for top-notch professors. Valley City State University President Steve Shirley says state support for private fundraising will help North Dakota’s colleges get donations from sources that wouldn’t normally contribute. Shirley says it will help schools build new, long-term relationships with donors.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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