BUDGET BATTLE TAKES SHAPE IN HOUSE PANEL

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Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, pondering testimony on HB1, the state budget, Monday.  He is flanked by Reps. Steve Pylant, R-Winnsboro, and John Berthelot, R-Gonzales. Photo by Samuel Carter Karlin.

By Samuel Carter Karlin

The state’s budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 began its tumultuous journey through the Legislature Monday with large-scale changes made by House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, in large part to fund TOPS, the state’s popular tuition-paying program.

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ budget recommendation cut TOPS by roughly 80 percent, but he said he will call the Legislature into a second special session in June to raise revenue to fund the program.

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