Special Session is Good News
The Louisiana Legislature started the First Extraordinary Session (also known as “special session”) yesterday.
Due to expiration of a one-percent sales tax on June 30, 2018, the state is projecting a $994 million decrease in its budget. The special session was called by Governor Edwards to resolve the issue quickly. The Governor would only commit to a special session if the Legislature indicated that there were some agreements already in place to close the shortfall. All parties appear to have formed a general consensus, and the Special Session is necessary to codify the details.
Louisiana public higher education officials advocated for the special session so that students and families would know exactly what impact budget changes might have. LSU supports full funding of TOPS and stable state funding for colleges and universities. Through consistent and stable state support, LSU can make decisions that improve the educational quality and research success.
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Assoc. Vice President, LSU Governmental Affairs