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Medicaid cuts and kids

Posted on June 30, 2017
Louisiana’s pediatricians have pushed back hard against the Medicaid caps and cuts included in the Senate’s “health care” bill.

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35 - Percent cut to Medicaid over the next two decades under the Senate “health” bill. The cuts are projected to leave 15 million people without health insurance by 2026, with even more losing coverage during the following decade as cuts become more severe. (Source: Congressional Budget Office)
The American Health Care Act would be devastating for the state budget, health care providers and residents of all parts of the state.

Into the home stretch

Posted on May 30, 2017
Louisiana legislators return from the Memorial Day break with little more than a week left in which to broker a compromise between the House and Senate on the $28 billion state budget.

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$56.5 billion - Increase in disposable personal income in April, over the previous month - an increase of 0.4 percent. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis)

Looking for leverage

Posted on May 25, 2017
Looking for leverage in the ongoing debate over Louisiana’s budget shortfall and the impending fiscal cliff, a bloc of Louisiana’s Democrats struck down a construction financing bill, which requires a two-thirds vote in order to pass.

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23 million - Number of people who would lose health insurance coverage if the House-passed AHCA becomes law. (Source: Congressional Budget Office)

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.

Number of the Day

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)

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