budget cuts

Politics
11:43 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Thibodaux lawmaker trying to call special session

Gov. Bobby Jindal says he sees no need for a special legislative session to discuss recent budget cuts made by his administration.

Thibodaux Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard, an independent, sent a letter Wednesday to House members asking them to call themselves into a special session to revisit the budget reductions.

Richard says lawmakers have been improperly left out of Jindal administration financial decisions that are shuttering health care facilities and a state prison.

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Higher Education
11:48 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Retiring UL leader: Cuts harm focus on performance

The retiring president of the University of Louisiana System says higher education's ongoing budget woes will make it harder to attract his replacement and were one of the reasons he decided to leave the job.

Randy Moffett's last day was Friday after four decades in higher education. He says the cuts complicated efforts of the state's largest university system to maintain a focus on increased performance.

Despite the problematic financial picture, Moffett says he's optimistic the UL System will attract a quality leader looking for a challenge.

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Higher Education
3:16 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

LSUS feels continued pinch of state budget cuts

The budget has gotten so tight at LSU-Shreveport that three retired professors have offered to teach without pay so the university could save money.

The Shreveport Times reports that the LSU System approved about $1.9 million in cuts to LSUS this past Friday.

Since 2008, state funding has been cut more than 45 percent at LSUS, causing the university to reduce its staff by about 20 percent.

LSU Sports
12:44 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

LSU athletics dept. to donate $36M to academics

The LSU Athletics Department has agreed to give $36 million over five years to the flagship campus, to help bolster academic programs that have been hit with continued budget cuts.

The university's governing board, the Board of Supervisors, approved the unique, profit-sharing arrangement Friday.

Athletics Director Joe Alleva says he knows of no similar arrangement at other colleges around the country.

UNO Budget Cuts
6:35 am
Wed August 15, 2012

UNO's $12M budget cut includes 53 faculty, staff

The University of New Orleans is cutting $12 million from its budget through a combination of early retirements and the elimination of vacant positions to offset reductions by the state.

UNO said Tuesday that about 25 faculty members and 28 staff members will be offered "incentivized retirements," and the university will eliminate 30 vacant faculty positions, five terminal faculty contracts, 26 graduate assistants and 16 non-classified staff.

UNO President Peter Fos says the moves will save the university $3.3 million.

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Healthcare Cuts
10:30 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Senator asks for legal opinion on hospital closure

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is asking for an attorney general's opinion about whether Gov. Bobby Jindal can close a state-run mental health facility in St. Tammany Parish without legislative approval.

Sen. Jack Donahue, a Republican from Mandeville, says closing Southeast Louisiana Hospital in a parish that has one of the state's highest suicide rates is unwise. He's pushing to keep the facility open.

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Latest News
1:14 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Groups unsure about state drug plan changes

Louisiana's health agency must save $56 million on drugs for Medicaid patients to help balance the state budget, but doesn't yet have a final plan for doing that.

A top aide to health Secretary Bruce Greenstein say the changes will take effect Oct. 1, and emergency rules will be published in September.

Legislators, pharmacy interests and others tell The Advocate they are concerned about the lack of transparency and what they call a rush to make changes that need caution to avoid damaging health care. Consumer groups worry about restricted drug access.

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Higher Education
11:52 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Summer enrollment drops at NE La. colleges

Colleges and universities across northeastern Louisiana have seen decreases in summer enrollment this year. Officials believe it's likely because of the economy and the loss of certain federal grant funding offered during the summer.

Summer Pell Grants, which provided need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain post-baccalaureate students, were eliminated from last year's federal budget because of financial constraints.

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LSU Hospitals
6:08 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Jindal says LSU hospitals will protect services despite cuts

Gov. Bobby Jindal says he's confident LSU's network of public hospitals and clinics will protect health care services, despite cuts that strip a quarter of the system's funding.

Lawmakers have said they don't understand how the university-run health care system can shrink its budget by $329 million this year without shutting facilities that take care of the poor and uninsured.

But Jindal on Tuesday told reporters that "LSU is well on their way to presenting a plan that's going to protect critical services."

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LSU Athletic Department
5:30 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

LSU Athletics donates $4M to university

The LSU Athletic Department is making a $4 million contribution to the university to help with budget challenges in the 2012-13 fiscal year.

The transfer is the single largest contribution from Athletics to Academics in school history. Director of Athletics Joe Alleva says being able to make such a contribution is a "real credit to LSU's fans and alumni who support the Tigers."

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