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Louisiana has one of the highest rates of child food insecurity in the nation, with nearly 1 in 4 Louisiana children living in a household that doesn’t have enough food to eat throughout the month.Read more...

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The best anti-poverty program is a job that pays a living wage. But here in Louisiana, far too many workers are struggling to afford basic needs because their jobs don’t pay enough.  Senate Bill 162 would address this by requiring that workers be paid at least $8.50 per hour starting in 2020.  Read more...

The Louisiana Budget Project released the following statement on the Legislature’s failure to address the state’s revenue shortfall during its special session:

“The Louisiana Legislature had one job: to stabilize the state’s revenue structure so that working families, college students, Medicaid recipients and business owners could be assured that the services they need will still be available on July 1.Read more...

Under the guise of “budget reform,” House Republican leaders have made three demands of Gov. John Bel Edwards as a condition of agreeing to replace some of the revenue from temporary taxes that expire on July 1. Most of the attention thus far has focused on the first two – a new website that would track government spending by state and local governments, and a proposed work requirement and out-of-pocket costs for some Medicaid recipients.Read more...

Republican leaders in the state House of Representatives are seeking to add out-of-pocket costs to Louisiana’s Medicaid program as a condition of agreeing to replace some revenue from expiring taxes. While it may seem sensible at first blush to require small copays or premiums from Medicaid recipients, an abundance of research shows that these payments don’t actually work.Read more...

State fiscal situation is an embarrassment

Posted on January 31, 2018
The governor's fiscal year 2019 budget should be taken as a very serious warning of what can happen to vital state investments in health care, education and social services if the political deadlock in Baton Rouge is not broken.

Statement from Louisiana Budget Project director Jan Moller on the Executive Budget:

“The executive budget presented today is completely unacceptable, and should be enough to convince every legislator that tax reform cannot wait. If it wasn’t already obvious, it should now be clear to everyone that the fiscal cliff is real, and that cutting our way out of this mess is not a viable option.… Read more...

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