Bobby Jindal’s Funding of Higher Ed Is So Jerry-Rigged That Louisiana Has Had to Take Out Loans to Keep the State’s Public Colleges and Universities Solvent

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In a previous post, I highlighted the consistent reductions in the state support to public higher education in Louisiana during Bobby Jindal’s terms as governor.

More specifically, the governor recently announced what he has declared is a large increase in state support for higher education, but it turns out that more than half of the funding increase will be in the form of tuition increases that, in contrast with the practice in previous years, will not be offset by larger decreases in state subsidy. So, from Jindal’s perspective, this increased tuition being paid by the students themselves is an increase in state support.

Writing for the Associated Press, Melinda Deslatte now reports that the state has been relying on “a patchwork of dollars from property sales, legal settlements, lease payments and other financing arrangements” to meet its commitments to higher education, and because those revenues have not materialized in a…

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