Ag Center Still in Limbo as Budget Gap Persists

Story by Samuel Carter Karlin and Nicholas Chrastil, Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE — The sprawling LSU Agricultural Center, servicing nearly every Louisiana resident in all 64 parishes, is left hanging on the edge during the special session dedicated to the budget, too early to know the level of budget cuts to expect and too late in the academic year to find solutions.

LSU Vice President for Agriculture William Richardson said he believes the 1 percent sales tax increase, which has passed the House and Senate but needs a joint conference committee to reconcile amendments added in the Senate, helps mitigate potential cuts but is far from eliminating them.

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