Jindal Wants To Fill College Fund With Recovery Dollars

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal for next year would continue a higher education incentive fund that steers money to high-demand job programs. But the spending would be reduced and tied to a more complicated financing source.

         At Jindal's urging, lawmakers set up the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy Fund to link higher education money to projected workforce demand. They put $40 million toward the effort this year.

         Next year, Jindal proposes to spend $30 million on the WISE Fund, with 80 percent coming from hurricane recovery dollars allocated to Louisiana.

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         Higher education leaders are concerned about the strings that come with those dollars, to meet federal criteria for the spending. A smaller portion of this year's WISE Fund involves recovery money, and those dollars haven't arrived to campuses.



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