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State fiscal situation is an embarrassment

Posted on January 31, 2018
The governor's fiscal year 2019 budget should be taken as a very serious warning of what can happen to vital state investments in health care, education and social services if the political deadlock in Baton Rouge is not broken.

Medicaid Work Requirements Don’t Work

Posted on January 12, 2018
While the idea of a work requirement may sound good to some, the reality is that it would take away health coverage, create more red tape and make it harder for many people who want to work to find employment.

Louisiana families continue to struggle

Posted on September 14, 2017
The poverty rate in Louisiana for adults and children remained unacceptably high in 2016 even as other states saw significant improvements. New U.S. Census data released Thursday also show that Louisiana continues to have one of the highest rates of income inequality in the United States.

NEW REPORT: State of Working Louisiana

Posted on September 7, 2017
Every Louisiana worker deserves access to a steady job, with good benefits, that pays enough to afford basic necessities. But that is not the reality for many families in our state.
The Senate health bill would lead to 22 million more people uninsured nationally, including hundreds of thousands of Louisianans. It would raise average after-tax-credit marketplace premiums in Louisiana by 105 percent and it contains a glaring loophole that would mean people with pre-existing conditions would not be protected.
The American Health Care Act would be devastating for the state budget, health care providers and residents of all parts of the state.

Tax bills fall short on revenue

Posted on June 1, 2017
While these bills would eliminate a costly and unorthodox tax break, they fall far short of the revenue that is needed to address the looming $1.3 billion fiscal cliff in 2018 and put the state budget back on a more sustainable path. In fact, passage of these bills - which would require a vote of the people - would make it harder for policymakers to solve the state’s structural revenue shortfall in a future special session.

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