BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking lawmakers to spend $19 million more this year on higher education than was budgeted, to fill gaps in the TOPS college tuition program, help schools facing accreditation reviews and pay for boosted online resources for students.

The items are included on a list of additional spending requests for the budget year ending June 30 that the Democratic governor is asking lawmakers to finance in their upcoming legislative session. The Board of Regents provided a detailed breakdown of the higher education proposals Wednesday to The Associated Press.

The highest-price-tag item is $5.9 million for TOPS, which costs more for this school year than the $295 million lawmakers allocated for it. Lawmakers regularly fill late-year gaps

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