SUNO-UNO Merger Bill Update
Opponents of a proposed merger of Southern University at New Orleans
with the University of New Orleans have lost another bid to stall
the consolidation effort. The House Appropriations Committee backed
the merger bill in a 17-4 vote, over criticism that financial
questions remain unanswered. House Speaker Jim Tucker, the sponsor
of the merger bill, says the analysis might be too high. And he says
the benefits out weigh the price tag.