Louisiana's governor, Huey P. Jindal, believes in robbing Peter's budget to tide Paul over until the magical thinking pays off.
Louisiana's House of Representatives believes in a meat-ax.
Louisiana's college administrators believe they're about to get screwed. Yet again. Really badly.
Etymologists, after considering the Gret Stet, believe they really need a more descriptive word than "clusterf****" to put in their Funk & Wagnalls.
The Advocate's capitol-beat writers probably believe in a couple of pops before sitting down at the laptop to depress themselves and others:
LSU System Vice President Fred Cerise told the committee that additional cuts to the state’s public hospitals would result in reductions to the programs that train doctors and other health-care professionals.I BELIEVE that Louisiana should put up state-line road signs that warn "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."
He said an emergency room training program already is facing possible accreditation problems.
“We’re going to get back a list of things that’s going to be quite dramatic,” Cerise said.
The state’s public universities could lose more than $225 million in state funds next year. Those budget cuts would be on top of the $360 million hit higher education has taken since the decline in revenues to state government began four years ago.
“We will be on the brink of cataclysm,” said Interim LSU System President William Jenkins.
If the cuts stick, LSU will be in line to lose nearly $98 million in state funding next year including a $42 million loss for the main campus in Baton Rouge, according to numbers released by the Louisiana Board of Regents.
Jenkins estimated the LSU system would also have to furlough or lay off more than 1,300 employees.
The Southern System could see two more of its campuses declare exigency next year if changes aren’t made to the HB1, said Kevin Appleton, the system’s vice president of finance and business.
The $42 million in cuts the state’s community and technical colleges are facing — $3 million at Baton Rouge Community College — means the difference between putting medical equipment in their nursing classrooms or not, Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Joe May said.