Education

Oct 25, 2010 6:00 PM

Jindal not offering leadership to find ways to stop budget cuts to public colleges

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The head of the Legislature's Democratic caucus says Gov. Bobby Jindal isn't offering leadership to find ways to stop budget cuts to public colleges.

Rep. John Bel Edwards says Jindal is also eliminating solutions by opposing all tax increases, delayed tax breaks and most other revenue-raising options that lawmakers might consider.

Edwards and Rep. Patricia Smith, chair of the Legislature's black caucus, met with LSU student leaders on Monday to discuss ways to combat cuts.

Higher education has been hit with several rounds of reductions, and colleges are bracing for cuts of $290 million or more in the next fiscal year that starts July 1.

Jindal repeated his opposition Monday to tax increases, saying colleges need to become more efficient and "do more with less."

Lawmakers will consider proposals to offset cuts in the regular session that begins in April.

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