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What happened to tax reform?

Posted on March 29, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards is scheduled to reveal his tax reform recommendations this afternoon at the Capitol (LBP will be writing separately about this).

Number of the Day

500+ - Number of Louisiana public school students with disabilities who received some form of corporal punishment in 2015-16 school year. Legislation backed by Gov. John Bel Edwards for the spring legislative session aims to outlaw the practice (Source: Louisiana Department of Education )

Survey Says…

Posted on March 28, 2017
Most Louisianans think the state should spend more money on K-12 schools, higher education, health care and roads, according to the 2017 Louisiana Survey by Louisiana State University’s Public Policy Research Lab.

Number of the Day

55 - Percent of Louisianans who believe upper income people aren’t paying their fair share of taxes. (Source: 2017 Louisiana Survey)

Edwards delays tax plan

Posted on March 27, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards was scheduled to release the details of his plan to overhaul Louisiana’s broken tax structure in a speech to the Press Club of Baton Rouge this afternoon.

Number of the Day

46.5 - Percentage of Louisiana high school seniors who do not take a full courseload. State officials are looking for ways to change this by boosting dual enrollment programs that offer college credit for high school students.

Health care judgment day

Posted on March 24, 2017
Lacking enough support to pass their deeply flawed health-care bill, House Republicans postponed the planned Thursday vote until this afternoon.
The House is expected to vote later today on the American Health Care Act, which would gut the Medicaid program and shift hundreds of billions of dollars in health care costs from the federal government to the states.

Red flags over budget cuts

Posted on March 22, 2017

Coming out of a recent retreat, Louisiana’s House GOP delegation seemed to agree on one thing: The need to continue cutting state services. But figuring out which services to cut is proving difficult, and some conservatives are pushing to restore funding for specific services.Read more...

Tax reform jockeying begins

Posted on March 21, 2017
Last week, word began circulating that Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration had shelved tax reform ideas that would have made Louisiana’s system more fair and sustainable, pushing instead for the highly regressive gross receipts tax that’s widely considered to be bad tax policy.

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