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Seabaugh blocks final vote

Paul Braun
Tryfon Boukouvidis
and Drew White
LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE–The Legislature passed a budget late Monday with deep cuts to TOPS and higher education minutes before the tense end of a special session, and House Republicans rejected attempts to raise revenue to soften the cuts.

The final budget bill would slash funding for TOPS scholarships by 30 percent, cut spending on public universities by $96 million and impose across-the-board cuts on other state agencies.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said he would consider vetoing the bill. He blamed some of the House Republicans, referring to them as

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