BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called a meeting Wednesday morning with education leaders from around the state to discuss options to stabilize the state's budget and ensure education does not suffer, according to officials with Office of the Governor.
The meeting comes one day after Gov. Edwards presented options to reduce the $750 million shortfall in the state budget, as well as the $1.9 billion budget hole for FY2017.
According to the Governor's staff, the education leaders' input is critical as the process moves forward. Officials say the budget crisis could have a devastating impact on public education, universities and community colleges.
"We appreciate the governor's honesty and transparency in approaching the situation," said F. King Alexander. "The budget shortfall surpasses last year's unprecedented deficit, and without legislative intervention, LSU will have to take significant steps to mitigate cuts. We aren't left with many appealing options, but the numbers don't lie. Something will need to be done to stabilize the budget and start the process of moving LSU toward greater national competitiveness."