As a parent of two college age children, and former university Board Member, Jim knows the challenges of providing a college education. He also remembers the years it took him to pay off $14,000 in student loans he accumulated during his years of higher education. Jim believes higher education is critical for both students and our society. He was proud to play a lead role in the $100 million increase in funding received by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in the 2016-17 state budget, and in passing legislation that froze tuition. Jim believes we need to ensure higher education is affordable, and that state supported colleges and universities are both properly funded and use this funding in the most effective and efficient way possible.