budget cuts

Coastal Desk
5:23 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

The Ins And Outs Of State Budget Cuts On Coastal Protection And Restoration

The Jindal administration is set to announce state cuts to cover a $1.6 billion budget gap. For the first time budget reductions will include the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

A host of environmental organizations, including Environmental Defense Fund, have been speaking out against the proposed 5 percent cut to CPRAs budget.

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3:01 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Joint Budget Committee to Vote on Mid-Year Cuts

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee meets today to vote on the governor’s plan for slicing $103-million from current year spending.

“These mid-year cuts are critical,” House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says of the painful necessity.

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3:01 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Fiscal Cliff Injury Report: Higher Ed

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 7:15 am

“Who will starve, and who will get some breadcrumbs?”

That’s the question Southeastern Louisiana University professor Dayne Sherman — and many others — are asking, as Louisiana colleges and universities have been told to expect up to $400-million in cuts for the next fiscal year. That amounts to 40 percent of their current state funding.

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3:01 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Tensions Grow, Along With State Deficit

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 8:52 am

Skies may actually be clear over Baton Rouge today, but gloom hangs over the state capitol, as the Revenue Estimating Conference downgraded Louisiana’s income forecasts Monday. That means there’s a $103-million shortfall for the current fiscal year. And the deficit for the next budget year, which starts July 1, has ballooned to $1.6-billion.

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4:24 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Louisiana Budget Situation Is Going From Bad To Worse

Dropping oil prices continue to make an already bad budget situation in Louisiana even worse. Next year's projected financial shortfall is about $1.6 billion overall.
Jimmy Emerson, DVM Flickr

A state panel that determines how much revenue the Louisiana government has at its disposal delivered the bad news on Monday that everyone knew was coming: the budget hole is even bigger than estimated.

NOLA.com reports that dropping oil prices continue to make an already bad budget situation in Louisiana even worse.

Greg Albrecht is the chief economist for the Louisiana Legislature. He said today, “The news is bad.”

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5:04 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

UNO Romance Language Program Closure Has Been Postponed

The closure of the master's program in romance languages at the University of New Orleans has been postponed, NOLA.com reports.

At a meeting of the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors last week, faculty and staff in the foreign languages department questioned the low enrollment numbers used in a report about restructuring the programs.

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7:29 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Lawmakers Line Up Behind Jindal's Budget Plan

Governor Bobby Jindal is getting lawmakers’ support for his plan to use patchwork financing and modest cuts to close a $170 million budget deficit.

The House and Senate budget committees backed the proposal without objection yesterday. It comes only days before the budget had to be rebalanced to avoid a special session.

Minor changes were made to Jindal’s plan submitted last month. Financing sources were swapped. Agriculture department job cuts were scrapped. A cut to road maintenance work was eliminated.

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3:02 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Higher Education: Paying More for Less

Higher Education system presidents testify in House Appropriations. (L to R) Dr. Monty Sullivan, LCTCS; Dr. F. King Alexander, LSU; Dr. Ronald Mason, SU; Dr. Sandra Woodley, UL.

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 6:23 pm


   The House Appropriations Committee got a different look at the cost of six years’ worth of higher education cuts Monday, as the push is on for colleges and universities to better prepare students to fill new jobs coming to Louisiana.

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Red River Radio
2:02 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Medical Research In Louisiana Will Be Pared Back Under Federal Budget Cuts, Says Advocacy Group

The head of a nonprofit advocacy group that promotes health research said Louisiana stands to lose millions of dollars in medical research funding due to the across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the sequester. Mary Woolley, president of the Alexandria, Va.-based Research!America, said the National Institutes of Health distributes billions of dollars to universities and research institutions – and the grants are getting scarcer and more competitive.

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6:02 am
Mon May 6, 2013

The Tolls Of Budget Cuts On Higher Education

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 9:46 am

After five years of steep budget cuts, some members of LSUnited, the faculty union, are hoping the legislature’s budget negotiations will raise enough revenue to prevent further cuts.

Lawmakers are looking at plans to cut tax exemptions and get rid of one-time funds, which might provide more stability to the state’s universities.

Michael Russo, a librarian and an instructor, said LSU’s finances are dismal.

"A half billion here, a half billion there," Russo said, "I don’t know what else they can cut."

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