Another long-standing goal of Minnesota government is to keep the cost of attending state colleges and universities affordable by having the state cover two-thirds of the cost so students need to pay just a third. Larsson said that objective is disappearing from view as the student share already approaches 50 percent.
Looking ahead, Larsson sketched some water into his request for relief as the state’s higher education system moves closer to the precipice.
“We know there are going to be rapids,” Larsson said. “But keep them from becoming waterfalls.”