State may have to pay back education stimulus funds

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Posted: Apr 4, 2011 5:49 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Apr 4, 2011 6:55 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE- A state audit questions $296 million in federal funds received by the state.

$285 million involves federal stimulus money for higher education.

According to the audit, the state spent the money on higher education without meeting a key component. The feds required that states fund higher on a 2006 level before using the money from Washington.

The Jindal Administration does not expect any problems.

A spokesperson says the administration worked with the U.S. Department of Education throughout this process.

They say Louisiana is one of about a dozen states asking for the waiver.

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