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Edwards' budget proposal uses federal aid to avoid deep cuts

College campuses and health programs would take hits.
Credit: AP
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks at a news conference to discuss testing statistics and contact tracing pertaining to COVID-10, Friday, May 8, 2020, at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La. (Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP)

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposal to close a $1 billion budget gap caused by the coronavirus would avoid deep cuts to health care and education programs by relying on federal relief aid and the state’s “rainy day” fund. 

The recommendations would levy modest cuts on agencies in the budget that begins July 1. The TOPS tuition program, K-12 schools and the social services department would be spared reductions. 

But college campuses and health programs would take hits. 

The Edwards administration submitted its reworked budget proposal to legislative leaders Friday night and explained it to The Associated Press on Saturday. 

Lawmakers will consider the proposal as they craft spending plans.

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