State of Education

By Amanda Ward - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Facing over a billion dollar shortfall and budget cuts left and right, it seems healthcare and education are always the first to go.

"Year after year, when we're asked to cut our budgets, when we're asked to tighten our belts, it's always health care and education that gets cut, and that's wrong," said Governor Bobby Jindal.

That's why Governor Bobby Jindal hopes state legislators will help him make some changes.

"For example, we have all of these protective laws, protective programs, we believe every four years they should be cut unless the legislators specifically vote to renew them, and when there are shortfalls, we think we should be able to cut those programs as well up to 10% a year," said Jindal.

"But, you look at the challenges this year, $1.7 billion shortfall even after $341 million in reductions last year. The good news is we're still going to move our state forward," he said. Adding, the state is still spending millions of dollars on endowed professorships and continuing the TOPS program.

"And, you talk about K-12? There's over $171 million in title1 funding, additional dollars, federal dollars, so there actually will be growth, even though there was no cuts in MFP, there will be additional dollars to help our education system," the governor added.

Governor Jindal said two things he will not do to cut costs is raise taxes or use one time funds (like stimulus dollars) to pay the differnce.  "That only delays the problem until the next year," he said.