Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Louisiana Governor Edwards wants higher education stability, but more cuts loom - Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press

Gov. John Bel Edwards vowed Wednesday that he won’t allow the budget “to be balanced on the backs of our students,” while later acknowledging that’s more of a long-term aspiration than a pledge he can immediately fulfill. As he marked the one-year anniversary of his tenure in office, the Democratic governor talked of his administration’s ongoing work to stabilize the state budget after he inherited the worst financial problems Louisiana’s seen in nearly 30 years. “We are going to fully right the ship,” he said, while stressing that higher education shouldn’t be the budget-balancing sacrifice. College campuses, however, are unlikely to escape a second round of cuts before Louisiana’s financial year closes, as the state grapples with a looming deficit expected to reach $300 million or more. http://klfy.com/2017/01/12/edwards-wants-higher-education-stability-but-more-cuts-loom/

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