BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s senators prioritized home- and community-based services for the elderly and disabled Monday as they crafted their version of next year’s nearly $26 billion state operating budget, which would leave the TOPS college tuition program and safety net hospitals short.

The Senate Finance Committee heavily reworked the budget proposal passed by the House to finance state government in the financial year that begins July 1, which contains $600 million less than needed to continue all existing programs and services.

The budget proposal heading to the full Senate for consideration Wednesday would provide 48 percent of the financing needed to

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