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Jindal budget links college financing to uncertain proposals

1 year 9 months 1 week ago March 02, 2015 Mar 2, 2015 Monday, March 02 2015 March 02, 2015 9:52 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - After months of worry that Louisiana's colleges would face steep cuts next year, campuses remain in a precarious position with the release of Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget.

Much of the funding Jindal proposes to pay for higher education, $372 million, is dependent on uncertain tax credit changes. Another slice of financing totaling $211 million would require lawmakers to sift through money-generating ideas that aren't even included in the budget.

If lawmakers and the governor don't settle on ways to raise annual revenue streams, higher education faces a worst-case of losing up to $583 million in state financing - more than 60 percent of what it receives this year.

Negotiations will continue until a final version of the budget is written in June. The new fiscal year begins in July.

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