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Jindal issues budget cuts for 2013-14 fiscal year

By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has laid out plans to strip $46 million in state funds from next year's budget, largely from higher education and health services.

Lawmakers required the cuts, but left them to the administration to divvy up.

The Jindal administration released the breakdown late Friday. Higher education leaders, health care providers and agency leaders were deciding Monday how to deal with the reductions.

1 of the steepest cuts will fall on higher education, which will have $11 million less to spend next year than anticipated.

Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell's office is working on how to dole out the reduction among campuses, with a plan to be unveiled Wednesday. Jindal said the cut will be more than offset by new campus fee increases set to take effect.

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