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BATON ROUGE- LSU students met one on one with state lawmakers Thursday demanding they stop $600 million in proposed cuts to state colleges.

The Lawmakers said they sympathized with the students and encouraged them to keep up the pressure.

LSU's student body president, Andrew Mahtook, met privately with House Speaker Chuck Kleckley (R-Lake Charles) to discus the cuts. Kleckley said he spoke with Mahtook about solutions to the problem, but when pressed for specifics, the speaker would only say that there are "real solutions" and pointed to work currently being done in the House Ways and Means Committee as evidence that lawmakers are serious about protecting higher education.

Students also testified at the Senate Education Committee. One member, Senator Mike Walsworth (R-West Monroe), said some cuts to higher education are "unavoidable" but he considers $600 million in proposed cuts as "unsustainable."

Students said they plan to keep up the pressure on lawmakers and they're doing it with a letter writing campaign. The students have set up a web page to directly contact lawmakers.

 

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