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The amount of cuts to the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH) announced last week by Gov. John Bel Edwards. Higher education was spared, but will not be unscathed. 

$70 million

AFTER STATE LAWMAKERS FAILED TO CLOSE THE BUDGET GAP in the recently concluded special session of the Legislature, Edwards announced budget measures that included $30 million in end-of-year cuts to DHH. Edwards spared state universities, saying in a statement, "Higher education has suffered the deepest budget cuts of any higher education system in the country over the last eight years — more than $700 million."

  Colleges and universities, however, will be asked to pick up the tab for $28 million in TOPS scholarships through June, the end of the currrent fiscal year, under a plan announced last month by Edwards' budget chief Jay Dardenne. LSU alone will be responsible for $10 million, more than twice the amount of the next highest school, UL-Lafayette.

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