Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed nine GOP state finance bills Tuesday -- including the higher education bill.

In his letter to legislators, he said that proposed cuts to higher ed "are far too extreme."

"The deep cuts for the University and Minnesota and Minnesota's State Colleges and Universities would cause hundreds of faculty layoffs, tuition increases and fewer courses available to students. Minnesota would have a harder time providing employers with employees who have the skills and education they require. When the future of our state depends on strong institutions of higher education, H.F. 1101 includes, in real dollars, the deepest cuts to higher education in our state's history."

Dayton goes on to criticize the tuition limits included in the bill, as well as the language that would limit human cloning, which he said is "vague and could threaten further development of stem cell research."