Hundreds agree to lobby lawmakers to swing ax elsewhere
BATON ROUGE - About 700 people have signed up to lobby lawmakers in some sort of fashion when they discuss how to deal with the state's $1.6 billion budget shortfall soon.
Last week, the LSU Alumni Association created Tiger Advocates. Association president Cliff Vannoy said the group's first goal will be to protect the flagship university from more cuts, but they will also work toward preserving higher education funding for other schools statewide.
To offset the cuts, the Jindal administration has asked higher education institutions to be ready for up to $400 million in budget cuts. LSU President F. King Alexander said the cuts could mean the university would have to freeze 125 new hires and cut 250 to 300 existing positions.