WHO IS TALKING ABOUT HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING?
"You read about percentages and shortfalls and prices of oil and all sorts of numbing numbers. The mind is staggered and doesn't comprehend. This all clouds the effect the slashing will have. Gov. Jindal, these are not statistics. These are people's lives."
-Richard Goodman in the Times-Picayune column: Stressed out at UNO over threat of more budget cuts
"As much as I would love to stay in Louisiana with my family and attend an in-state school, I constantly question this option due to the projected budget cuts for higher education. I believe the legislators need to realize that higher education is a priority, especially in a state where education rates are below average."
-Kristen Rohli, student (Letter: Higher education funding critical to ensuring bright future in La.)
"But Jindal, in his effort to galvanize the national faithful by sticking true to his guns on taxes, has failed to adapt with changing conditions. Instead, he has depleted Louisiana. He has robbed designated funds of their intended purposes. He has cut higher education too much. Health care services struggle to take care of a population that, by all measures, has greater needs than almost anywhere in the country."
-From the Monroe NewsStar Editorial: Fiddling while state burns
"At this rate Louisiana will wind up blowing its entire higher education budget on scholarships. Your kids will qualify for a free ride to college but will major in twiddling their thumbs. There'll be no money to pay faculty; the campus grass will be waist high."
"...what TOPS does for our state will be diminished every time higher education takes a hit. There is enough money floating around Baton Rouge to keep the schools running on all cylinders, if only Jindal would, for instance, divert some of the billions squandered on tax breaks for private industry."
From James Gill: TOPS costs soar, and universities flounder
"Last year, Louisiana took an important step toward revitalizing the state's economy through the stabilization of higher education's funding and the unanimous passage of the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE) fund. Instead of going through budget cut scenarios, we should be focusing our efforts on increasing enrollment and degree production to meet the state's workforce demands. We believe our partners in the Legislature understand Louisiana's economy cannot afford any steps backward and will work with us to find funding solutions."
Click here to read UL System President Sandra Woodley's full statement.
"A projected $380 million in budget cuts to Louisiana higher education next year may finish off the job that our elected and appointed state officials started seven years ago. Our system of state universities and community colleges may finally become battered beyohd effectiveness."
"The Legislature itself should move forward with its own plans for Louisiana higher education. Some lawmakers who have routinely rubber-stamped budgets with draconian cuts to higher education are apparently awakening to the reality that campuses in their districts are now on the brink of disaster. They are late to speak up, but better late than never...It's time for lawmakers, our elected leaders, the people to whom we have entrusted our government and our tax dollars, to raise hell - and not just a little. Or catch hell at election time, if they don't."
From The Advertiser Editorial: Lawmakers need to find their voice and courage
"...if the net effect ends up ratcheting down higher education spending even by as much for fiscal year 2016 as through the FY 2009-15 period, such a sudden, large drop cannot be handled through the graduated approach of the past few years, but neither can wholesale paring solve for it."
From Jeffrey Sadow's Column: Louisiana education: how to survive the crises budgets
"There are no easy answers. I understand that. And I'm not worried about blame concerning the matter. The question is, when does the bleeding stop, because if it doesn't, the eventual result is death."
From the Ruston Daily Leader Column: Cuts would go deeper than colleges only