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|Walsworth predicts less cuts for higher education|
Funding cuts for Louisiana's colleges and universities most likely will be $100 million-$200 million less than expected, according to state Sen. Mike Walsworth.
Speaking with The Ouachita Citizen late Thursday, Walsworth expressed confidence that legislators would mitigate cuts to higher education by scaling back state spending in other areas of the proposed budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
Gov. Bobby Jindal proposed a roughly $30-billion budget for the new fiscal year. Jindal's budget entailed some $300 million in cuts for higher education, though as of late some state officials, including legislators, pegged the cuts at $200 million.
"The goal is to get those cuts down to $100 million," said Walsworth, R-West Monroe. "I think we'll be successful in that."
Walsworth declined to name specific sources of the revenues needed to spare cuts to higher education, but he challenged one "long-held and often repeated" assumption about the state's budget practices.
State officials -- including members of the Legislature -- have long claimed that the 1974 state constitution protects funding for "everything but higher education and healthcare."
Walsworth said that was not necessarily the case.
"There are three pools of money," Walsworth said. "There are those things that are constitutionally protected, there are those that are protected by statute and then there are general revenues."
Though the Legislature cannot cut constitutionally protected items without voter-approved amendments to the constitution, Walsworth said the Legislature has the authority to visit statutorily protected expenditures to reduce spending.
"And that's what we're going to have to do," Walsworth said.
Walsworth emphasized the point that legislators would be unable to eliminate the entire $200million-$300 million in cuts to higher education, but he said he hoped the effect of the cuts could be minimized.
"It's still going to sting," Walsworth said. "But hopefully, it's not going to sting quite as bad."