Third world status for Louisiana?
Education Officials: College cuts to send state to 3rd World status
“We are very much at risk of turning the higher education system in this state into one that serves a Third World country, not a First World,” Martin continued.
Higher education has suffered more than $270 million in budget cuts the past 20 months because of reduced state revenues. The ongoing fear of college officials is the so-called “cliff” year next summer when $290 million in federal stimulus dollars keeping colleges afloat will dry up.
“It won’t be recoverable in any of our lifetimes,” Martin said of the potential impact of the “cliff.”