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Friday, April 03 2009 - 4:00 pm

The budget axe is in the process of falling, and the picture is not pretty.  Post Secondary Education is slated for a $219 million cut and if you say it fast, it does not sound so bad.  However, nothing could be further from the truth – it is a disastrous cut.

Hello My Friends:

The budget axe is in the process of falling, and the picture is not pretty.  Post Secondary Education is slated for a $219 million cut and if you say it fast, it does not sound so bad.  However, nothing could be further from the truth – it is a disastrous cut.  CABL had a unique way of looking at it in a recent email by giving three scenarios of just how big these cuts truly are.  One of their scenarios was "Close Southern University in New Orleans, LSU in Alexandria, Nicholls State University, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Grambling State University and Southeastern Louisiana University. The savings, $221 million."

You get the picture of just how huge this $219 million cut is?  It is devastating and the public doesn't yet seem to understand the plight of Post Secondary Education in this state.  A recent survey by LSU's Public Policy Research Lab shows that 53% believe that Post Secondary Education can absorb major budget cuts without affecting the quality of academic programs!!!!!!  What????? How?????

LSU Chancellor Michael Martin states, "Let there be no doubt, reduction in our state appropriation at this level will have profound adverse impacts on LSU, its students, its faculty and staff, the citizens it serves and its future as Louisiana's flagship university."

I watched as the public got involved in the pay raise debate and listened as they fumed over what was going on.  Truthfully, I was glad to see it because when the public gets involved, elected officials pay attention.  What is needed right now is leadership.  I recommend a task force be put together to immediately discuss the ramification of the proposed cuts and how those cuts relate to the long term vision for education in our state.  Until we get those two items to align, we are not moving in the right direction.

I believe Post Secondary Education in Louisiana is one of the most serious and important issues this state has to face and we all need to be part of the process.

Let me know what you think.

Thank you,

 

Jack Donahue, Louisiana Senator District 11

 

 

 

Jack Donahue
State Senator
Louisiana District 11