By MELINDA DESLATTE
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bid by higher education leaders to boost charges on college students has stalled, facing resistance from House lawmakers who question if students and families could afford the fee hike.
Rep. Chris Broadwater shelved his fee increase bill Tuesday in the House Education Committee, likely dooming the push for higher college student fees for the legislative session.
The proposal could raise as much as $107 million a year for campuses that face budget cuts of up to $225 million in the upcoming fiscal year.
University leaders pitched the increase as a way to stave off deep cuts to campuses they say could harm educational offerings. Lawmakers who have passed rounds of tuition increases bristled at bumping up student costs again.
House Bill 1078 can be found at www.legis.la.gov