Governor Edwards speaks at La Tech's graduation

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - 973 graduated on Saturday, which is the largest graduating class at Louisiana Tech and a special guest speaker Gov. John Bel Edwards encouraged them in their future life endeavors.

"I'm excited today a 100,000 graduates now in the history of Tech," says Edwards.

Despite cuts to the TOPS program the governor says higher education is moving into a better place.

"This year we are currently in, we actually stabilized the state's support for higher education and as a result the tuition increases across the state were the lowest they've been in a decade."

When it comes to the state budget, Edwards says there's still a steep hill to climb, but he already has his eyes set on next year's fiscal cliff.

"There is no other fiscal session scheduled between now and then so in all likelihood unless we can get some big work done in the next three weeks we will have another special session to bring the legislature back to address the fiscal cliff," says Edwards.

Right now it sits at $1.3 billion, which starts June 30th of 2018.

"1.3 billion dollars is so big in the grand scheme of things we don't protect education, higher education, k-12 education, health care we don't protect anything with a cliff that big unless we resolve the problem," says Edwards.

Another big issue facing the state is the removal of four confederate monuments that were taken down in New Orleans..

"Now that the monuments are down that's what the city of New Orleans acting through the mayor and city council opted to do so now that it is done I hope we look forward and unify cause we have a lot of work to do here in Louisiana."

Despite the problems in the state, the governor encouraged all the graduates to stay in Louisiana.