BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The first full day of the special session began Tuesday with Gov. John Bel Edwards addressing lawmakers and outlining the goals.
He spoke before a joint session of the Louisiana Legislature.
He said while the budget plan is not what everyone wants, it's responsible and "disciplined." He also said he has two main goals, but then backtracked, saying there's actually three since the capital outlay budget never passed.
Current projections have the state short $600 million next year. And, as a result, many programs face deep cuts in the state budget advanced by lawmakers over the weekend.
TOPS is funded at 48 percent, meaning students would have to cover about half of the price of tuition.
The partnership hospitals that treat the uninsured also face a deep cut.