Local students react with disappointment as Louisiana's governor announces budget cuts for higher education institutions. Governor Jindal announced on Monday that the state will cut budgets for Louisiana colleges by less than 10% this year.
A student representative from LSUS student organization Project Crisis Call, Christopher Szabo, told us that administrators at LSUS were expecting to have to cut faculty salaries and faculty positions. They also faced the challenge of which programs to cut in order to survive the change in budget.
The student organization, Project Crisis Call, plans to still fight against this slash in their school's budget by collecting signatures for their petition on www.projectcrisiscall.com. Szabo told us that they plan to write postcards to Louisiana legislators saying, "Here's the problem, we need to do something about it. Let's think cooperatively. Let's work with different groups, and let's come up with creative solutions to combat these different cuts."
Szabo said that they are working with student coalitions from different colleges throughout Louisiana. They hope to speak with government officials in order to reach a cooperative agreement on the higher education cuts. Students plan to head to Baton Rouge in April to protest these budget cuts.