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LSU president issues dire warning about cuts

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BATON ROUGE - LSU President F. King Alexander painted a grim picture at the Baton Rouge Press Club as he described what the worst-case budget scenario for higher education looked like.

He said under the proposed budget LSU is facing an 70 percent cut, a reduction from $110 million in state funding to $30 million. Higher education in general could face an 82 percent cut if the governor's proposed revenue increases don't come through, according to Alexander.

"This budget reduction is so large we'd have to furlough everybody for the entire year," he told the crowd of media and Press Club members.

LSU's president has become one of the most vocal opponents of cuts proposed as part of a plan to close a $1.6 billion hole in the state's budget. At a recent public forum Alexander encouraged students and alumni to be aggressive about contacting lawmakers and voicing their concerns.

Alexander said the university is also looking to increase the amount of money they receive from their athletics program, and said he wants federal intervention to help out with financial incentives.

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