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A dubious “rural jobs” tax break

Posted on May 22, 2017

The Louisiana Rural Jobs Act Tax Credit Program proposed by House Bill 641 is intended to provide an economic boost to rural areas of the state. Unfortunately, the program would likely benefit a few well-connected financial firms more than Louisiana’s rural communities.Read more...

More than two dozen organizations are calling on the Senate to reverse $237 million in unnecessary cuts to healthcare services ordered by the House of Representatives earlier this month.

In a  joint letter to the members of the Senate Finance Committee, groups that represent healthcare providers, patients and ordinary citizens said the proposed cuts are unnecessary, as the House simply refused to spend money that is available in the budget.… Read more...

The health bill passed by the House, in particular its proposal to cap and cut Medicaid and end the program’s expansion, would have devastating consequences for the 766,400 women in Louisiana who rely on the program, according to a new report from the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.Read more...

Statement by Louisiana Budget Project Director Jan Moller on the passage of the American Health Care Act:

“Today’s vote is deeply troubling news for hundreds of thousands of Louisiana families who struggle to afford health coverage or who suffer from pre-existing medical conditions.… Read more...

Louisiana Budget Project executive director, Jan Moller, sent a letter to each member of the House Ways and Means Committee calling for action to raise money to account for both the $440 million fiscal year 2018 shortfall and the fiscal year 2019 cliff of at least $1.4 billion.… Read more...

The majority of able-bodied, working age adults enrolled in Medicaid already are working. Most of those who are not working are caretakers, enrolled in school, or actively seeking employment.
The governor’s tax plan is not perfect. But if all the elements are taken together, it would take a step toward making Louisiana’s broken tax system more fair and adequate.

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ executive budget for fiscal year 2017-18 allocates $2.58 billion in state general funds for the Louisiana Department of Health – the second largest commitment of state funds after the Department of Education. The vast majority of that ($2.22 billion – or 86 percent) will go to support the Medicaid program, where it will be used to draw down federal matching funds.… Read more...

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