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House Committee funds TOPS, slashes healthcare

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Tryfon Boukouvidis
LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE – After a contentious debate, the House Appropriations Committee voted Monday almost along party lines to approve a state budget that would fully fund TOPS while slashing health services for the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

A set of amendments sponsored by the committee’s vice chairman, Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge, would allocate $233 million to fund the popular TOPS scholarships and $13 million to fund Go Grant, a program that provides need-based financial aid.

“I want to send a message to our students who are making decisions now for college that it’s a priority for

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