Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive budget for fiscal 2010 will include $219 million in cuts for higher education, or more than 15% from appropriations for state schools in fiscal 2009.

The reduction in funding, which was outlined to state college officials by the administration last week, would have been 30% without the $219 million that Louisiana will be receiving in federal stimulus funds for higher education. The identical numbers are a coincidence, state officials said.

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