Community college construction bill goes to Jindal
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's community colleges have won their dispute with other higher education leaders over construction spending.
The Senate gave final passage Friday to a measure that will let the community and technical college system sidestep the construction budget process for $250 million in projects.
The bill heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who supports it.
Approval came despite opposition from the Board of Regents, which oversees all higher education in the state.
Supporters say the projects are critical to beefing up workforce training efforts in Louisiana.
Regents said the bill violates a constitutional process for college construction and sets up a politicized competition for money among colleges.
Treasurer John Kennedy says spending outside the construction budget will breach the state's debt limit.