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Governor’s FY 18 budget proposes more cuts

Posted on February 24, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards released his executive budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year Thursday morning.

Special session wears on

Posted on February 17, 2017
The House is devoting its Friday session to debating a pair of GOP budget-cutting proposals that would cut money for hospitals, prisons, schools and other state services beyond the $60 million proposed by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Gov. John Bel Edwards and House Republicans remain at loggerheads over how to close the $304 million mid-year shortfall. The lower-chamber GOP leaders want to use less of the state’s Budget Stabilization Fund, while the governor contends that using the maximum allowable allotment will limit the pain of cuts.Read more...

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...

Session opens with plea for bipartisanship

Posted on February 14, 2017

Gov. John Bel Edwards kicked off a 10-day special session by asking state legislators to set aside partisan differences as they work to plug a $304 million midyear budget gap that could lead to deep service cuts. The AP’s Melinda Deslatte reports that Edwards and a majority of the state Senate want to use $119 million from the state’s Budget Stabilization Fund toward filling the deficit, but conservatives in the House continue to balk.… Read more...

Louisiana uninsured rate plummets

Posted on February 9, 2017
The share of Louisianans without health insurance dropped from 21.7 percent in 2013 to 12.5 percent in 2016.

Feb. 8: A battle over stop-gap funding

Posted on February 8, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards came to office promising to end the age-old practice of using one-time, stopgap funding to pay for recurring government expenses, which grew to epidemic proportions under his predecessor.

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...

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