Posts tagged with Medicaid

Budget hearings continue

Posted on May 22, 2017
Doubling down on a decade of cuts, Louisiana’s House-passed budget not only maintained cuts proposed by Gov. John Bel Edwards but deepened the pain for healthcare and children’s services by failing to allocate all available money.

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$120 - Additional amount Louisiana drivers would pay at the pump in a year, on average, if Rep. Steve Carter’s proposed 17-cent gas tax boost is approved. (Source: The Advocate)

LSU’s crumbling library

Posted on May 19, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards toured the crumbling Middleton Library at Louisiana’s flagship university and made a pitch for reinvestment on Thursday.

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$51 million - Additional federal flood recovery money heading to Louisiana, bringing the total allocation to about $1.7 billion. This total is less than half the request from Louisiana’s congressional delegation. (Source: The Advocate)

Minimum wage, LGBT bills advance

Posted on May 18, 2017
For the second year in a row, the Senate Labor Committee agreed to establish a minimum wage in Louisiana for the first time.

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212,000 - Number of Louisiana workers who would get a pay increase if Louisiana’s minimum wage is raised to $8.50 per hour (Source: Economic Policy Institute analysis of U.S. Census Current Population Survey data)

Deepening the budget hole

Posted on May 16, 2017
Rather than heeding the recommendations of experts who suggested reducing the proliferation of tax exemptions and credits, the House Ways & Means Committee is creating new tax breaks and extending old ones.

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8.9 -  Percent of discretionary federal grant dollars Louisiana would lose under President Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint. Programs funded with discretionary federal money include Community Development Block Grants, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.  (Source: The Pew Trusts)

Crunch time for tax reform

Posted on May 8, 2017
The legislative session is nearing its midpoint, and so far the House Ways and Means Committee - where revenue proposals must start - has yet to pass a single instrument that would help avert the nearly $1.5 billion “fiscal cliff" in 2018.

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186 - Number of times Louisiana’s constitution has been amended since it was implemented in 1974 (Source: PAR, Louisiana Secretary of State)

The changing mission of TOPS

Posted on April 20, 2017
The editorial board says that if lawmakers don’t fully fund the TOPS scholarship program, low and moderate-income families should be prioritized for full awards.

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$2.6 billion - Medicaid costs that would be shifted from the federal government to Louisiana from 2020 - 2023 under the American Health Care Act, which House GOP leaders are signaling they want to revive. (Source: LBP analysis)

Sales tax dilemma

Posted on April 19, 2017
The temporary one-cent sales tax hike approved by the Legislature last year gave Louisiana the highest combined (state and local) sales tax is in the land, according to the Tax Foundation.Critics have long complained that the sales tax is cumbersome to administer and is riddled with too many exemptions.

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$510 million: Annual revenue raised from House Bill 632, which would increase the state gasoline tax by 17 cents per gallon. (Source: Picayune)
The package of tax reforms proposed by Gov. John Bel Edwards would raise enough revenue to plug the coming fiscal year’s $440 million shortfall and avoid the $1.4 billion “fiscal cliff” that looms next year when temporary taxes expire.

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72- Percentage of Louisianans who approve of Medicaid expansion. Only 42 percent approve of the Affordable Care Act, which is the reason for Medicaid expansion. (Source: The Louisiana Survey via LSU)

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