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Louisiana State U. Campuses Take a Hit in Midyear Budget Cuts

Academic campuses of Louisiana State University, including the flagship in Baton Rouge and the University of New Orleans, will see their state support shrink by 3.7 percent under a plan the system’s Board of Supervisors approved this weekend for absorbing a midyear budget cut of $21-million, The Times-Picayune reported. Nonacademic entities, including the system office and several hospitals, will be cut by more than 15 percent. The system, which has eliminated programs in earlier rounds of budget cuts, had sought to hold the campus reductions to 1.6 percent, but cut deeper in order to restore some funds to research facilities not supported by tuition, a move that student leaders protested. The system’s president, John V. Lombardi, described the plan approved Saturday as “the best of a bad set of alternatives.”

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