A trio of bills in the state legislature would allow UL
Lafayette to raise its student tuition for the ’08- ’09 school year. The
primary measure will come from the Board of Regents’ tuition proposal. As a
backup, state Rep. Don Trahan has filed two separate measures, one of which
calls on direct legislative approval for a four percent increase to UL
Lafayette’s tuition – an increase Trahan says would be covered by TOPS. Trahan,
who chairs the House education committee, also has filed a separate bill to give
postsecondary management boards greater autonomy in setting tuition rates.
Trahan says UL’s tuition has lagged below the state’s other
Doctoral II universities (UNO and LA Tech), in addition to smaller schools
within the UL system. “[These bills] would help UL tremendously,” Trahan says.
In addition, Trahan has filed a resolution on behalf of the governor to appeal
to the Board of Regents to re-examine its funding of higher ed. Traditionally,
university funding has been based primarily on enrollment numbers. The governor wants
to see other factors, including number of doctoral programs and level of faculty
research, to have more of an impact on funding levels.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.