LSU budget cuts not as deep at research centers

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors has voted to a $21 million midyear budget cut despite complaints from some students that their tuition dollars are being used to subsidize two research centers.

System President John Lombardi says the final decision Saturday was the result of a complicated process.

A long line of students pleaded with the board not to use their tuition money to reduce the amount cuts at the Ag Center and Pennington Biological Research Center. Students said they're feeling the impact of the budget reductions as faculty is laid off, classes are cut and costs increase.

Under the revised plan adopted Saturday, $7.3 million of the cuts originally allocated to Pennington and the Ag Center were redistributed to the other campuses.

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