Governor’s budget proposal grim for TOPS and state health services; state GOP is skeptical

Gov. John Bel Edwards, left, and Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne presented the governor’s budget proposal for fiscal 2019 to a joint legislative committee this morning. Photo by Sarah Gamard

By Katie Gagliano and Sarah Gamard

Baton Rouge’s rainy weather mirrored the gloom inside the Capitol Monday, as Gov. John Bel Edwards presented a 2019 doomsday budget with deep cuts in the popular TOPS college scholarship program and in state health services, saying he hopes they never go into effect.

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