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Louisiana families continue to struggle

The poverty rate in Louisiana for adults and children remained unacceptably high in 2016 even as other states saw significant improvements. New U.S. Census data released Thursday also show that Louisiana continues to have one of the highest rates of income inequality in the United States.

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Uninsured rate at historic low. Progress threatened by repeal efforts.

More Louisianans than ever before were covered by health insurance in 2016, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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NEW REPORT: State of Working Louisiana

Every Louisiana worker deserves access to a steady job, with good benefits, that pays enough to afford basic necessities. But that is not the reality for many families in our state.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards has spent months talking to legislators and business groups around the state, trying to develop collaborative solutions to the $1.5 billion budget shortfall the state faces in 2018.

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$10.6 million - Amount of property tax revenue lost by Orleans Parish in 2017 due to the state’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program, which local governments now have authority to limit. (Source: Nola.com/The Times Picayune reporting on a Together Louisiana analysis)

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Most people don’t like paying taxes. But people in Louisiana pay less in state and local taxes than residents of other states, on average. This is important to keep in mind as policymakers consider reforms to the state tax structure.

In 2016 Louisiana ranked 40th among states in general fund revenue per capita. The general fund is made up of money raised mostly from state sales, income and severance taxes. General fund dollars are allocated toward important state programs, with more than three-quarters going to health care, human services and education. In 2017 Louisiana moved up to 32nd place in per-capita revenue, mainly due to $1.38 billion in temporary revenue measures that expire on June 30.

While Louisiana ranks in the bottom half of states in state revenue collected, state residents also pay relatively low local taxes. This is mainly due to our residential property taxes, which are the 3rd lowest in the country.  Neighboring Texas, which Louisiana lawmakers often make comparisons to, has the 6th-highest residential property taxes in the nation.

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