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The Legislatures must find a solution to a $943 million shortfall in this year’s budget and a nearly $2 billion shortfall in next year’s budget by March 8.

One of the many areas hindered by the situation is higher education, which is facing an estimate budget cut of $131 million.

Grambling State University faces $2.5 million in cuts, while Louisiana Tech University will hit near $5 million in cuts.

The budget crisis is the beginning of hardships for higher education across the state.

In light of the budget cuts higher education faces, one group is asking Tech alumni to join their movement.

The Louisiana Tech University Alumni Association’s Bulldog Alliance, an awareness movement to motivate Bulldog alumni to speak with their state legislators and voice their opinion on Tech matters, recently sent a mass email to alumni urging them to join their organization.

According to the association’s email, alumni can sign up at www.bulldogalliance.latechalumni.com to become part of the group.

“Now, more than ever, Louisiana Tech needs the collective voice of its alumni and supporters to be heard throughout the state and to advocate for our beloved university,” the email said.

The alliance was created by several alumni leaders about a year ago to update other alumni on news and happenings at Tech.

But with the impending cuts, the association sent the email in hopes of getting alumni rallied to speak to their state legislators.

Despite the fact the state Legislature continues to fight an uphill battle with our budget, it’s refreshing to see alumni joining forces for the betterment of the university.

For university officials, it’s not always easy for voices to be heard amongst the political banter.

The Ruston Daily Leader encourages all Bulldog alumni to join the alliance and voice their opinion about the state budget cuts.

If a group of distinguished state alumni can come together for one common cause — the possibilities remain endless.

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