ST. PAUL (AP) -- They were loud and persistent, but this year Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students didn't pick a fight with Gov. Jesse Ventura.
A few hundred MnSCU students rallied on the Capitol steps and later in the rotunda. They demanded more funding for campus buildings, aid for needy students and tax rebates they didn't get last session as dependents.
''We will not be put aside, we will not be put on the back burner,'' said Peter Bauer, a student at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.
Last year, a student at a MnSCU rally sparred with Ventura over extra help for students who are single parents. Ventura didn't attend the event this year.
A handful of lawmakers and U.S. Senate hopefuls turned out in support. They were critical of Ventura's bonding bill, which includes $63 million of MnSCU's $230 million request.
''For every dollar we spend at the University of Minnesota and every dollar we spend at Metro State University, we ought to spend the same amount at Moorhead State or Southwest State,'' said Sen. Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar.
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