During his tenure as Governor of Louisiana, for the last six consecutive years, Bobby Jindal and his allies in the Louisiana legislature have dramatically cut funding for higher education. All told, Louisiana’s public colleges and universities have lost around $700 million (or 17.6%) of state funding. To put that into context, this means that Louisiana, under Governor Jindal, is now leading the nation, by far, in gutting funding for higher education. Quoting from The Times-Picayune (bold mine):
According to preliminary data from the American Association of Colleges and Universities, three-quarters of states increased their funding for higher education this year, with New Hampshire leading the pack with a 28 percent boost in state funding to offset recent cuts.
Louisiana was one of only seven states bucking the trend, however, by slashing state funding for higher education by 17.6 percent in the fiscal year that began in July. The…
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