BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Angry and worried college students rallied on the Louisiana Capitol steps and launched a “No Funds No Future” Twitter campaign, trying to stop deep budget cuts to their schools.
They also packed a House Appropriations Committee hearing Wednesday to personally ask lawmakers to keep higher education from facing a reduction up to $600 million next year. That would strip 80 percent of college systems’ state financing.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s higher education budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1 would cut more than $220 million from campuses. It also relies on $372 million from tax break changes that need legislative approval and face resistance from lawmakers.
David Teagle, University of New Orleans student body president, described the threat to college funding as “the breaking point” for many schools.