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The FY 18 Executive Budget

Posted on February 23, 2017

Gov. John Bel Edwards released his budget blueprint for the 2017-18 fiscal year on Thursday. It is built on $9.469 in state general fund dollars, which is $155 million less than in the current budget. Overall spending would increase by $1.4 billion.… Read more...

REPORT: Blueprint for a Stronger Louisiana

Posted on February 22, 2017
It's time to trade the never-ending cycle of budget shortfalls for long-term stability that allows for new investments in Louisiana’s communities. #InvestInLA

Medicaid and the state budget

Posted on February 15, 2017

As Louisiana policymakers convene for a special session to address a $304 midyear budget gap, some analysts are claiming that growth in the state’s Medicaid budget is to blame for cuts in other areas of the state budget. Former state Treasurer (now U.S.… Read more...

Louisiana ranks low on many health indicators. But one area where our state has made significant gains in recent years is in providing health coverage to children.

While children in Louisiana are more likely to be poor than adults, they also are much more likely to have health insurance.… Read more...

The goal of tax reform should not just be to stop the bleeding - although that’s important.

The financial crisis confronting Louisiana’s colleges and universities is well known: Faced with chronic revenue shortfalls fueled by irresponsible tax cuts, Louisiana policymakers have responded by making deep cuts to state support for public colleges and universities, and having students make up the difference through tuition hikes.Read more...

More Louisianans than ever before were covered by health insurance in 2015, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
In the two decades since the federal government overhauled America’s welfare system, Louisiana has steadily diverted money meant to help struggling families gain economic security.

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