Higher education's cuts may go deeper: Legislators predict ULM reductions

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Members of northeastern Louisiana's legislative delegation who fear the University of Louisiana at Monroe will suffer an even deeper cut than the 8.4 percent announced last month met with the state's higher education chief Wednesday in Baton Rouge.

"Even though the funding formula said the cut is (8.4 percent), I know it could be and will likely be higher," said state Sen. Francis Thompson, D-Delhi. "I'm concerned it could be more than what we could stand."

Thompson, House Appropriations Chairman Jim Fannin, D-Jonesboro, and Rep. Bubba Chaney, R-Rayville, met with Commissioner of Higher Education Commissioner Jim Purcell to discuss the possibility of additional cuts and an overall funding formula they believe shortchanges some universities like ULM.

ULM's announced cut is already the largest among schools in the University of Louisiana System.

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