State Reps. Tony Bacala, R-Prairieville, left; Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge, center; and Mark Abraham, R-Lake Charles, speak ahead of Gov. John Bel Edwards' budget cut presentation to the House Appropriations Committee, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. Edwards is proposing to close a $750 million budget shortfall with cuts to the TOPS free college tuition program, safety net hospitals for the poor and public schools. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)
State Reps. Tony Bacala, R-Prairieville, left; Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge, center; and Mark Abraham, R-Lake Charles, speak ahead of Gov. John Bel Edwards' budget cut presentation to the House Appropriations Committee, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. Edwards is proposing to close a $750 million budget shortfall with cuts to the TOPS free college tuition program, safety net hospitals for the poor and public schools. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte) Melinda Deslatte AP
State Reps. Tony Bacala, R-Prairieville, left; Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge, center; and Mark Abraham, R-Lake Charles, speak ahead of Gov. John Bel Edwards' budget cut presentation to the House Appropriations Committee, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La. Edwards is proposing to close a $750 million budget shortfall with cuts to the TOPS free college tuition program, safety net hospitals for the poor and public schools. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte) Melinda Deslatte AP