Why doesn't Louisiana just quit prolonging its misery and tell the Dutchtown Boy to pull his damn finger out of the levee?
Read this from The Advocate . . . or -- after everybody gets through destroying the state's universities and community colleges -- Thee Addvokit:
The Governor’s Office is asking Louisiana colleges to prepare for potentially huge budget cuts approaching 30 percent of the state’s funding for higher education.
This worst-case scenario could mean laying off thousands of employees, adopting four-day school weeks, eliminating academic programs, tuition increases and cutting into merit-based TOPS scholarship funds, higher education leaders said Wednesday.
“It’s a sobering time,” said Sally Clausen, state commissioner of higher education, of the second round of budget cuts following mid-fiscal year slashes just weeks ago.
Plans for how the campuses make those cuts are due Jan. 30 for the 2009-2010 fiscal year that begins July 1.
LSU’s main campus alone could be in line for as much as $71 million in cuts, Chancellor Michael Martin said.
“I think it shoots a huge hole in the side of the flagship,” Martin said. “And I’m not sure we have the pumps to handle it.”
At the very worst for LSU: “Total loss of employment— faculty and nonfaculty — well over 1,000 jobs for sure,” Martin said.
Southern University is considering a four-day school week in addition to layoffs and furloughs, said Provost Mwalimu Shujaa.
The state Office of Planning and Budget presented a range of $212 million to $382 million in possible cuts to colleges for the upcoming fiscal year.