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Legislators to Discuss Higher Ed Budget Cuts Monday at LSUA

Released: 11/05/2010

Four members of the Louisiana Legislature from Central Louisiana will answer questions about state budget cuts to higher education at LSU Alexandria at 4 p.m. Monday. The “Future of Higher Education Forum,” which is sponsored by the LSUA Faculty Senate and Student Government, is open to the public in the Magnolia Café in the student center.

Representatives Herbert Dixon, Chris Hazel and Chris Roy, and Sen. Joe McPherson will discuss the state’s reduction in financial support over the past three years and the impact that another projected steep budget cut will have in the new fiscal year starting July 1.

State support of the LSUA budget has dropped from $12.6 million in fiscal 2008-09 to $7.1 million this fiscal year. State funds account for 36 percent of the LSUA budget this year, down from an historical high of 69 per cent. All universities in each of Louisiana’s public higher education systems have experienced significant budget reductions from the state in recent years, which have led to unprecedented reductions in academic programs, student services and personnel.

Dr. Richard Elder, Faculty Senate president and associate professor of psychology, and Caina Munson, Student Government president, said questions will be taken from the public at the forum.