BATON ROUGE — Though he called it bad policy, Gov. John Bel Edwards upheld the front-loaded approach to the TOPS program that aims to give college students full tuition funding for the fall semester and only 42 percent financing for the spring.

As the new financial year began Friday, the Democratic governor announced his signing of the budget bill passed by lawmakers in the special session that ended a week ago, to spend the $263 million raised through various tax changes.

While he issued two line-item vetoes, he left the TOPS language intact despite his opposition to its inclusion. He said striking

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