LSU system submits budget cut proposal

The following is a news release from the Louisiana State University System.

BATON ROUGE, LA - In response to an Executive Order by Governor Jindal, Louisiana State University System institutions today submitted mid-year budget cuts to the State Division of Administration of more than $39.1 million.

Twenty-two employees, including 13 at the Main Campus in Baton Rouge, are being laid off.  In addition, campuses statewide have abandoned searches to fill another 278 funded but vacant positions.  The job cuts total more than $10.4 million in reduced salaries and benefits.

This document is a compilation of mid-year budget reduction for all system institutions.  Over the last two years, more than $127.3 million has been cut from System funding.  Overall, the Main Campus has been cut more than $33.4 million since 2008, followed by the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans ($18 million), and the LSU AgCenter ($12 million).

Campus by campus in the latest series of cuts, the LSU Main Campus absorbed the single largest reduction of $12.6 million, followed by a $6.2 million cut at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans; $5.9 million at the LSU Ag Center; $4.1 million at the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport; $3.8 million at the University of New Orleans; $1.1 million at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge; $959,000 at LSU's Huey P. Long Hospital in Pineville; $963,000 at LSU Shreveport; $885,000 at the E. A. Conway Medical Center in Monroe; $711,000 at the LSU System Office; $657,000 at LSU Alexandria; $535,000 at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center; and $491,000 at LSU Eunice.

At the LSU Health Care Services Division, which operates seven of the state's 10 public hospitals, more than $2.4 million in mid-year cuts were imposed.

The cuts reduce the LSU System general fund appropriations from $1,545,997,666 to $1,506,852,661 for the current fiscal year that ends June 30th.

These reductions will have varying effects on the role, scope, and mission at each LSU campus.  A copy of the complete mid-year budget reduction with specific cuts is available at: http://lsusystem.edu/media/budget/