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Sep 22, 2011 7:22 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Southern budget approval delayed by Regents

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's top higher education board has delayed approval of the budget for Southern University's main campus in Baton Rouge, because of continuing questions about where the chancellor will make cuts.
The Board of Regents' budget committee decided Wednesday to defer action on the Southern spending plan for 60 days until it receives more information about how university leaders will balance it.
The delay doesn't impact day-to-day spending and operating procedures at Southern.
Chancellor James Llorens sought to declare a financial emergency for the campus, but the university's governing board refused to approve the declaration. Llorens also continues to be in a dispute with faculty leaders about professor furloughs, and that impacts how many staff will be laid off to close the remaining budget gap.
The budget year began July 1.

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