Governor Jindal lowered the budget axe. Now both healthcare and higher education are on the chopping block. The Governor has launched a new push to downsize state government. Here’s what he’s proposed: he set next year’s state budget at $26.7 billion, which is 10% lower than this years and he wants to slash more than $400 million from the state’s health department and nearly $220 million from higher education.
1,400 jobs are at stake, but right now, nearly 1,200 of those jobs aren’t filled. Colleges are taking one of the biggest hits and students at LSU are worried the Governor hasn’t put enough thought into his cuts.
Students at LSU are campaigning for the Student Government Association Elections and news of proposed budget cuts on campus traveled quickly. LSU students say they’re already seeing cuts. Ari Krupkin says, “At the end of next year, the art education program is being cut because of budget cuts.” Students at LSU wonder what’s next on the chopping block. They’ve all prepared for an increase in fees and tuition. Greg Upton says, “There has been an increase in tuition. It’s going to be for the next few years. It’s 5%, so the students will be paying more out of pocket, especially the ones who are out of state and don’t have TOPS.” The students at LSU say they’re thinking outside the box, trying to come up with proposals to help save money since they know they’ll be paying more to go to school.
Despite outrage at LSU among the student body, Governor Bobby Jindal says the state has to tighten its belt. Some students say Jindal’s proposed cuts are bad news, not only for them and their pocketbooks, but for the future of the Bayou State because they’ll see a lower quality of education. Big cuts students worry will cause big changes at LSU and across the state.
Several lawmakers have said they’re not fans of the budget Jindal has proposed. The biggest cuts are in healthcare and education.