END OF SPECIAL SESSION: HIGHER ED AND TOPS CUT

Jim Henderson - Pres

Dr. Jim Henderson, President/CEO of the University of Louisiana System issued the following statement on June 5 in reference to the end of the special legislative session Monday night that resulted in a budget approval with cuts to higher education and TOPS.

“This outcome is beyond disappointing. Tonight our state defaulted on the promise of TOPS earned by tens of thousands of students. Additionally, our higher education enterprise—already ranked last in the nation in per-student funding—will receive an approximate $96 million cut. I’m hopeful a compromise is in the near future, one that prioritizes education. For your future. For our future.”

5 thoughts on “END OF SPECIAL SESSION: HIGHER ED AND TOPS CUT

  1. Hopefully universities will start cutting administrators instead of faculty and programs. Many are no better than the politicians who line their pockets. NSU’s nepotism with administrators and staff boarders on incest. Drain that swamp!

  2. The message to young Louisianians from our legislators is loud and clear, “Leave Louisiana, get your education elsewhere, we are not investing in you.” Every business and industry in Louisiana will continue to have to draw from a shrinking pool of well educated young people. In the end, businesses will relocate. All bad for the state.

    If the excuse for this most recent legislative failure is, “Our hands are tied because of delegated tax expenditures,” then it is past time to rectify that flaw. After all, the legislature’s job is to repeal and pass laws that benefit the state of Louisiana, not any specific parish, industry, or individual – no matter how large their campaign contribution.

    We, as a state, are only as well off as its poorest child.

  3. been this way for years,forget education and infrastructure and let the
    politicians run the state and line their pockets.I don’t the the people who run this state give a “damn” about being lowest ranked state in the country.

  4. Think it’s time(past time) to adopt someone else’s playbook. Other states can figure it out. We sure can’t.

  5. Way to go Baton Rouge. Now one of the dumbest and fattest states will get even dumber and fatter. But at least you guys are all getting your pockets lined!

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