After five years of steep budget cuts, some members of LSUnited, the faculty union, are hoping the legislature’s budget negotiations will raise enough revenue to prevent further cuts.
Lawmakers are looking at plans to cut tax exemptions and get rid of one-time funds, which might provide more stability to the state’s universities.
Michael Russo, a librarian and an instructor, said LSU’s finances are dismal.
"A half billion here, a half billion there," Russo said, "I don’t know what else they can cut."
LSU's governing board has approved a $549,000 annual pay raise for football coach Les Miles.
The change has bumped Miles' salary to $4.3 million a year and extended his contract through the 2019 season.