College students protest proposed cuts

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 4, 2009

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The dozen baskets of plastic eggs dropped off at the governor’s office weren’t to celebrate a happy Easter holiday. Instead, the college students that delivered them Friday said it was a form of protest.

The students say the eggs are a symbol of their disappointment with Gov. Bobby Jindal for agreeing to spend $50 million to keep open a chicken plant in north Louisiana while proposing $219 million in cuts to public colleges next year.

The students who delivered the baskets say the governor’s priorities are skewed.

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Jindal says the state intervened to keep open the Farmerville plant to save 1,300 jobs and 300 chicken farms. The college cuts are part of a series of reductions proposed to balance next year’s budget against a hefty drop in state income.