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Louisiana’s Higher Education leaders are reiterating their concerns about potential cuts to university funding — this time to lawmakers in the Senate, where the state’s budget is currently being considered.

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One of the hardest fought battles every year in Louisiana’s Legislature is whether or not to fully fund the TOPS scholarship program. Rep. Franklin Foil (R-Baton Rouge) wants to bring an end to that annual struggle. 

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The Louisiana House of Representatives narrowly succeeded in passing a budget with $650 million dollars in cuts. Governor John Bel Edwards says it’s a failure.

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With $350 million more to spend in next year’s budget, The House Appropriations committee voted Monday to fully fund the TOPS scholarship program. 

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Bills that would raise standards for TOPS scholarship students narrowly passed their first test Thursday in the House Education committee. 

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The state legislature couldn't figure out a way to solve the budget shortfall for next fiscal year. That leaves Louisiana’s universities — and students on TOPS scholarships — wondering how to pay for school. An answer isn't likely to come before June.

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The legislative task force charged with re-examining the TOPS scholarship program in Louisiana approved a package of changes Wednesday. 

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After about six months of work, the TOPS task force is set to vote on potential changes to the popular state scholarship program Wednesday. 

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The task force charged with reviewing the TOPS scholarship program held its first meeting Wednesday at the Capitol. 


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