Louisiana is strong candidate for share of $4.3 billion grant
by Sarah Carr, The Times-Picayune
'This bill does not prevent anyone from attending college,' he told the committee. 'Let’s be honest.'"
Your bill would not have prevented Louisiana high school students who are TOPS eligible from attending college, Sen. Gautreaux. You're right about that. But it would have prevented them from attending college in Louisiana. The top students would not stay in Louisiana to receive a college education if they weren't eligible for such a great financial assistance package - they'd head elsewhere.
In order to balance spending with decreased revenues, Jindal proposed $219 million in cuts to higher education and more than $400 million in cuts to health care.
Legislators reduced some — but not all — of those cuts.
Using state dollars, lawmakers directed:
In $50 million more than what the governor recommended to the state’s public colleges and universities."