Education experts in Louisiana were left confused by the latest executive budget proposal unveiled by Governor Bobby Jindal. The entire money allocated towards higher education was reduced by about $200 million from the year before, but the confusion arose from the fact that distribution of money among numerous funds define the total higher ed dollars underwent substantial changes too.
Among the biggest changes was the withdrawal of nearly $700 million from the general fund, along with a deposit of nearly the sum total of that profit the statutory dedications fund. Both lawmakers and university administrators expressed confusion by what kind of an effect these moves would have on university funding moving forward.
Sen. Dan Claitor said the $200 million higher education cut looks bad, but it\’s actually even larger than it seems.
\”We are uncertain concerning the switch from state general funds to statutory dedications,\” said University Director of External Affairs Jason Droddy.
The budget proposal assumes the privatization of two three LSU hospitals will get finalized, even though the process has not as of yet been finished. If the contracts aren’t sealed when the new budget adopts effect, the funding must be found to keep the hospitals operating. When the privatization goes through, Jindal anticipates that 7,000 people will lose their jobs, but hopes that almost all will be rehired through the new operators once the transfer of control is finished.
Director of Media Relations Ernie Ballard said Jenkins along with other University administrators were still assessing the proposed budget coupled with no further comment about changes towards the LSU hospitals.?Despite the uncertainty surrounding the proposed budget\’s funds, more questions about how advanced schooling will be affected remain.?LSU is among many universities that receives state funding, and also the amount each school receives hasn\’t yet been decided.?Discussions regarding appropriations to individual schools are required to begin in March and really should be finalized this summer, Droddy said.?Because these talks are simply getting arrived, it is unknown how Jindal\’s proposed 2014 fiscal year budget will specifically affect Students.
Until the the budget are clarified, LSU colleges and universities will not be able to create operating decisions for example how much tuition to charge or the number of new students they can afford to admit. However, although the administrators lack in the detail, Claitor already said the fact that overall budget has been reduced by $200 million \”doesn’t bode well.\”
He also warned that any further cuts can’t help but have an affect on the quality of education provided on LSU campuses.