Dire predictions from the special session

David Blake
June 18, 2018 - 12:47 pm

Opinions vary widely about the eventual outcome of this third special session.  A number of capitol observers are predicting some deep cuts,  if there's no compromise on the sales tax or even a partial compromise. Jan Moller, Director of the Louisiana Budget Project, is worried.

''There's going to be across the board cuts to higher education, to TOPs, to public safety, and to juvenile justice, and it may be better than doing nothing, but it will not solve the problem,'' Moller said.

Who should be the most worried if the cuts are enacted?

''It's the presidents and executives of our colleges and universities, because they are the ones who will almost immediately have to absorb deep cuts," said Moller.

As for TOPS, Moller says there could be a 30 percent cut, which means those students on TOPS will have 30 percent more to pay out-of-pocket.

Moller also believes that even the most ardent budget-cutters don't want to see higher education and other programs suffer.

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