TOPS

June 29, 2018 - 6:35 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana State University is again raising student fees at its main campus by 5 percent. The price hike approved Friday drew worries the consistent, annual increases could price some students out of school. Campus leaders say the $282 per-semester fee hike for full-time...
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June 26, 2018 - 4:39 pm
(WWL.com) The fiscal cliff is officially gone as the Revenue Estimating Conference recognized 500-million dollars in revenue that will be used to shield TOPS, public colleges and most state agencies from cuts after July 1st. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne led the meeting, one day after...
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June 25, 2018 - 11:35 am
(WWL.com) Governor John Bel Edwards celebrated the passage of the budget bill at the end of a grueling start to the year that saw four total sessions needed to solve the state’s impending fiscal cliff that’s been at the center of state politics since short term taxes were passed two years ago...
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June 20, 2018 - 8:37 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — If new tax dollars are raised this special session, House Republican leaders outlined their priorities Wednesday night for spending it. The House Appropriations Committee voted 18-4 for a plan sponsored by its chairman, Republican Rep. Cameron Henry, to divvy up $420 million...
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June 20, 2018 - 9:44 am
LSU Student Government hosts a rally at the State Capitol today to call for full funding of TOPS and higher education. If lawmakers do not act before the end of the fiscal year on June 30th, then students will face a 30% cut to TOPS and a $21 million dollar reduction in funding for LSU. LSU Student...
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David Blake
June 18, 2018 - 12:47 pm
Opinions vary widely about the eventual outcome of this third special session. A number of capitol observers are predicting some deep cuts, if there's no compromise on the sales tax or even a partial compromise. Jan Moller, Director of the Louisiana Budget Project, is worried. Return of the Special...
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June 15, 2018 - 8:05 am
(WWL.com) Despite a budget that calls for deep cuts to higher ed, the Louisiana Community and Technical College System will not raise tuition or fees for the 2018-19 school year, continuing a two-year trend of keeping costs stable for students. LCTCS President Monty Sullivan says the state cannot...
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June 14, 2018 - 10:01 pm
(WWL.com) - Former Jindal Administration staffers are calling on the House to pass the half-cent sales tax renewal that would fully fund state government, and avoid cuts to programs like TOPS. Former Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater says failing to pass the revenue bill would harm the...
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Jim Hanzo
June 13, 2018 - 6:51 am
Can TOPs uncertain future keep local students from choosing Louisiana schools and instead opt to get their education in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and other states? Decisions are usually already made according to Dr. James Caillier, Executive Director with the Patrick Taylor Foundation who said...
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June 12, 2018 - 6:35 am
(WWL.com) The fiscal cliff debate is revealing a wide range of opinions from within Louisiana’s Republican Party, ranging from moderates who support the governor’s call for a half cent sales tax renewal, to anti-tax conservatives who favor budget cuts to plug the 648 million dollar shortfall. River...
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