Louisiana college leaders sound alarm over possible $250 million budget cut next year

Louisiana higher education leaders are bracing for the possibility of major budget cuts next year, a prospect they said could be devastating after years of reduced funding for the state’s public colleges and universities.

Members of the Louisiana Board of Regents, which oversees public higher education, raised alarms during its Wednesday meeting about the potential budget shortfall if a state sales tax sunsets next year. Board staff said they were told by officials in Gov. Jeff Landry’s administration to plan for the possibility of a $250 million revenue reduction in the 2025-26 fiscal year if the tax expires.

The four systems that operate nearly 30 of the state’s higher education institutions overseen by the Regents would be affected: University of Louisiana, Louisiana State University, Southern University and Louisiana Community and Technical Schools System.

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