Students heading off to college got a hand from state lawmakers on Thursday when members of the Minnesota House of Representatives voted to freeze tuition costs at state universities.
Lawmakers passed a higher-education bill that increases funding by $150 million with broad, bi-partisan support.
The bill also freezes tuition for University of Minnesota students and those studying in the Minnesota State College and University system.
Democrats control the chamber, but they thanked Republicans who voted for the measure on Thursday.
"I do think it's important to note that voting for the investments in education and not for the revenue is a little like eating the pie before the pot roast," said House Majority Leader Erin Murphy. "It's important for us to pay for the things that we invest in."
Some Republicans and four Democrats voted against the bill, saying it raised too many taxes.