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The 2015 Legislature: A Tough Balancing Act

The Louisiana Legislature starts its 2015 session this week amid a historic budget crisis that was years in the making. Louisiana’s constitution requires a balanced budget, yet the projected gap next year between tax revenues and expenses stands at $1.6 billion. Unless this deficit is plugged in a thoughtful manner that includes new revenues, the result could be deep cuts to critical state investments in education, health care, infrastructure and public safety.

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The Daily Dime

Is this the year for a cigarette tax?; Medical schools running out of cash; Baton Rouge hospital trouble continues; and Louisiana needs to invest in youngest citizens

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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

The United Way of Southeast Louisiana has produced a video about the importance of state investments in early care and education. It’s particularly timely, as the House Appropriations Committee is reviewing the governor’s budget recommendations. Click below to see for yourself why Louisiana needs greater investments in its most precious resource.

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