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BATON ROUGE - Healthcare and TOPS took the brunt of the cuts in the governor's proposed budget cutbacks presented to the legislature Tuesday.

Governor John Bel Edwards and his budget advisers testified before a committee of lawmakers where they discussed the 2016-2017 budget cycle. The budget hole is under $1 billion and Edwards proposed cuts to DHH, TOPS, higher education, prisons, and branches of government.

WBRZ political reporter Mark Armstrong was in the hearing and tweets updates HERE.

Tuesday evening, LSU President F. King Alexander emailed students a grim warning about what the proposed cuts could bring:

Alexander warns the 26 composite score applies to both current and former students, meaning students who applied under the old benchmarks could lose their college assistance. The email also says students who didn't submit a FAFSA this year and those with higher family incomes could be among the first to lose scholarships as well.

Edwards proposed a total of $697.8 million. DHH faces $408.7 million in cuts; TOPS faces $183.2.

Click HERE to read the entire report of proposed cuts. 

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