More cuts to come for higher education

BATON ROUGE – Cost-cutting panels are being asked to find ways to decrease the state’s budget by about one billion dollars by Governor Bobby Jindal.

The governor says, “We know we’re going to have to do a lot more with less so now is the time to look for savings and efficiency.”

Part of these proposed budget cuts will include more than $140 million from the higher education budget. This combined with the $120 million reduction from last year is a pretty hard hit. UL saw an $11 million elimination last year and with next year’s cuts they can expect to lose this again.

UL President, Dr. Joseph Savoie, admits that these cuts will be a challenge, but the university will just have to make the adjustments needed. Last year’s budget cuts affected support staff raises and reduced funding for university research.

The education commission has plans to offer their recommendation by February 12 of next year on how to reduce higher education budgets.

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