The LSU System announced budget plans Thursday to lay off or eliminate close to 400 employee positions — far fewer than the more than 1,000 job losses feared. The reductions include about 100 jobs axed on LSU’s flagship Baton Rouge campus, LSU Chancellor Michael Martin said.
The LSU systemwide cuts include LSU medical schools, but not the state’s LSU-run public hospital system, which is coping with its own reduction in state funds.
“I think they’re substantial,” LSU System President John Lombardi said of $52 million in budget cuts because of reduced state revenue. “But I don’t think they’re as bad as we anticipated. “We’ll function, but we won’t function well,” he added. “And it won’t be at a sustainable level.”