Wednesday, February 3, 2016

More cuts coming to Louisiana higher ed - Shannon Roberts, American Press

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne in a recent email said Louisiana’s universities should prepare for a $131 million cut to higher education if state lawmakers and the governor don’t agree on how to raise revenue. Candace Townsend, McNeese State University public information director, said the University of Louisiana system faces a 29.03 percent cut. That means that each of the system’s nine universities, including McNeese, would face a $2.9 million cut. This cut would be 32 percent of McNeese’s appropriation from the state, Townsend said. The university will now have to look at the expenses that it can freeze or reduce. “It’s very, very difficult to cover a midyear cut,” she said.

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