The decrease in state and local funding was partially offset by a 31.4% increase in tuition revenue, which is well above the 8.3% national average. Only California institutions increased tuition revenue more than Louisiana. Purcell, who is a member of SHEEO, has proposed giving state colleges and universities more leeway in setting their own tuition rates. Enrollment of full-time students also declined in Louisiana between 2011 and 2012 by 1.1%, according to the study.
Today Jindal is trying to shift the bulk of the state's tax burden onto consumers much the same way he shifted much of what's left of higher ed funding onto students.