The House Education committee advanced a bill Tuesday changing TOPS allocations during a budget shortfall. Committee chair Nancy Landry is the author.

“If there was a five percent shortage, then everyone would get five percent less,” she explained.

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It’s budget week in the House.

“We’re about to get real busy,” Legislative Fiscal Analyst Greg Albrecht says. with a chuckle.

Good thing he’s upbeat, because he’ll be kept jumping to crunch the numbers on every proposed change to HB 1.

What will those changes look like? Governor John Bel Edwards isn’t sure.

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Although we’re past the halfway point of the legislative session, House leaders say they are still about three weeks away from moving the budget bill, HB 1. So Senate Finance Committee members got an update on the budget proposal Monday.

Shreveport Senator Greg Tarver asked about rumors the House is trying to make big changes.

“We hear they’re talking about cutting other things to fully fund TOPS.”

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“We are cutting $792 million," said Governor John Bel Edwards.

Governor Edwards presented the revised plan for next fiscal year's budget to the House Appropriations committee Tuesday, highlighting proposed cuts for k-12 education, TOPS and hospitals. 

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The big deal of the week is the unveiling of the administration’s new version of the fiscal year 2017 budget proposal.

“Make no mistake: the budget presentation on Tuesday is going to be very sobering,” Governor John Bel Edwards says.