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BATON ROUGE - The presidents of LSU and Southern University have already expressed they're extremely worried about what massive budget cuts will do to higher education in Louisiana. This morning, the Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education, Dr. Joseph Rallo, stopped by 2une In to talk about how he's approaching the problem with higher education.

"We have to be realistic," Rallo told News 2's John Pastorek. "But at the same time we've been working on a daily basis with the legislatives and the executive branch to try to remedy and fix what right now is a projected budget shortfall."

Rallo has been talking to students as well as administrators about his plans for the future.

"Budgets are just a numerical representation of your plan," Rallo explained. "What I'm trying to do is talk about the plan for higher education in Louisiana."

He also emphasized the importance of educating the adult population and getting them back into the workforce, as well as keeping students working in Louisiana after college.

"Whatever you pick in life, do something, do it well, and enjoy it," Rallo said.

Tomorrow Dr. Rallo will hold an open forum at Pennington where he will give a presentation, followed by a Q&A session.



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