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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Barry Ivey’s back: No-show Louisiana lawmaker returns for budget vote

By Caitie Burkes

In spite of Rep. Barry Ivey’s request for an 11-day leave of absence from the Louisiana Legislature, the Baton Rouge Republican made an appearance in the House chamber on Wednesday (June 14) for a vote on House Bill 1, the $28 billion operating budgetfor the upcoming fiscal year. But he might not stick it out.

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