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In The Spotlight

LBP reviews the 2014 Legislature

The Louisiana Legislature wrapped up its 2014 regular session without tackling many of the state’s critical challenges, according to a new report by the Louisiana Budget Project. While legislators largely avoided the destructive cuts that have become the norm in recent years, they failed to address the state’s structural budget problems or take advantage of opportunities to help low-income families.

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The Daily Dime

Poverty among school-aged children is a growing problem in Louisiana; State struggling to implement new special education law; The great startup letdown; Louisiana rice farmers benefit from improved U.S.-Cuba relations; Daily Dime goes on hiatus

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The Daily Dime is a summary of the day's news stories related to the state budget and issues that affect low- and middle-income individuals and families, compiled every business day by Louisiana Budget Project staff.

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Our Two Cents

by David Gray

As Louisianans returned to work this week after the Thanksgiving holiday, many people no doubt took advantage of “Cyber Monday,” the day when workplace productivity lags as people go online to search for Christmas bargains. But the win for Louisiana shoppers is a loss for state and local governments, because federal law does not allow state and local governments to collect taxes on Internet subscriptions and some online purchases. That caused Louisiana’s state and local governments to forgo more than $500 million in 2012 — and possibly much more in the current year, as online shopping became more popular.

 

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