T.O.P.S.

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Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, members of the legislature, my fellow Louisianans:

Good afternoon.

Today, I’m going to be brief.  The time for politics and partisanship is over.  The time for solutions is now.  No more excuses.  The citizens of this state have waited long enough.  They deserve results – now. 

I’m not going to bog you down with the numbers and figures that have been in front of us for more than two years. We don’t need to rehash the tale of how we got here – we all know that by now.

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Higher Education in Louisiana is about to get pushed off the fiscal cliff. The state will enact severe budget cuts to the T.O.P.S. program and university budgets unless there is a deal to raise more revenue or realocate funds to higher education. 

T.O.P.S. eligible students would only receive 70% funding for tuition. Students at the University of Louisiana Monroe could see a $1,736 out of pocket cost increase  per year to make up for the 30% cut in T.O.P.S.