BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday proposed closing a $750 million budget shortfall with cuts to the TOPS free college tuition program, safety net hospitals for the poor, colleges, and public schools.
The Democratic governor personally unveiled his recommendations to the House
Appropriations Committee with the opening statement: “I wish I had better news. I don’t. But we’re going to live in the real world.”
His proposal for the 2016-17 fiscal year that begins July 1 would provide a little more than one-third of the nearly $300 million financing needed to fully fund TOPS.
The spending plan would only pay