Louisianans Vote on 2 Referenda Affecting Colleges

Voters in Louisiana approved a measure this month to set aside part of a multibillion-dollar tobacco settlement for a permanent fund to support scholarships. But voters rejected another measure that would have prohibited the Legislature from cutting appropriations below certain levels for public universities in areas where new community colleges have opened.

The tobacco-settlement measure will place the $4.6-billion that is owed to the state over the next 30