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...
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
The goal of tax reform should not just be to stop the bleeding - although that’s important.
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.
By Jan Moller
Times of crisis call for shared sacrifice. But the deal being offered by big business interests to solve Louisiana’s historic budget shortfall would violate that basic principle by putting too much of the burden on working families that can least absorb a tax increase.… Read more...
Louisiana policymakers have a rare opportunity to reform an unproductive tax break that costs the state nearly $1 billion per year: the deduction for federal income taxes.
As lawmakers consider their options for raising necessary revenues, they should make sure that low-income and working Louisianans aren’t disproportionately hurt by any tax increases. The best way to do that is to expand Louisiana's Earned Income Tax Credit.
Fifty years ago this week — July 30, 1965 — President Lyndon Johnson signed the law creating Medicaid. To mark the occasion, a new report from the Louisiana Budget Project shows just how important Medicaid is to the health and well-being of Louisianans.
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