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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...

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.… Read more...

The American Health Care Act would be devastating for the state budget, health care providers and residents of all parts of the state.

The Legislature begins another special session this week – the fourth in 18 months under Gov. John Bel Edwards. The only job for legislators is to pass a budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year – a task that eluded them during the 60-day regular session when negotiations between the House and Senate broke down in the final hours.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...

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...

Overview: Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

Posted on March 13, 2017

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ 2017-18 fiscal year executive budget is built on $9.469 billion in state general fund tax receipts, of which 92 percent ($8.750 billion) will be used to fund general government operations. The rest would finance the Legislature and judiciary, along with required spending on debt service and other obligations.Read more...

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 billion 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...

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