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Payday lending expansion halted

Posted on May 10, 2018
The House Commerce Committee on Wednesday rejected a push by the national payday lending industry to expand its Louisiana operations and make the debt trap deeper and longer for vulnerable borrowers. Witnesses testified to the harms payday lending already subjects Louisiana families to, as well as the availability of much cheaper and less harmful alternatives.

Number of the Day

37,000 - Number of senior citizens and individuals with developmental disabilities who receive care in a nursing home, in other long-term care facilities and through waivers for community-based services set to receive a notice from Louisiana Department of Health that they may lose Medicaid coverage under the budget as currently crafted by the legislature. (Source: Louisiana Department of Health)

Stigmatizing the poor through Medicaid

Posted on April 30, 2018
In a small surprise, the state Legislature has backed off its attempts to force Medicaid recipients to have jobs in exchange for receiving health coverage, and to pay co-pays anytime they see a doctor - both of which were major issues earlier this year in a special session. But that doesn’t mean lawmakers have given up on harassing low-income people who need health care.

Number of the Day

73 - Percentage of state prison guards who quit within their first year on the job. Gov. John Bel Edwards wants $7 million included in next year’s budget for a salary hike in an attempt to reduce the attrition (Source: The Associated Press)

Health care budget is still far short

Posted on April 27, 2018
When the Revenue Estimating Conference revised the state’s revenue forecast earlier this month to realize $346 million in tax receipts, the House Appropriations Committee designated $60 million to Medicaid.

Number of the Day

$82 million - Amount of revenue Louisiana would receive under the newly expanded Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (Source: The Daily Advertiser)

The fiscal cliff gets smaller

Posted on April 13, 2018
The Revenue Estimating Conference  surprised no one by recognizing an additional $346 million in revenue for the 2019 fiscal year - which means the state’s “fiscal cliff” is now $648 million instead of nearly $1 billion.

Number of the Day

$648 million - The new figure for the fiscal cliff, since the Revenue Estimating Committee projects an additional $346 million available for next year’s budget. (Source: The Advocate)

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As the end of state fiscal year 2018 nears, Louisiana’s state agencies and administrators are trying to figure out what their budgets might look like come July 1. For now, they have to plan as if the state will go over the “fiscal cliff,” meaning the Legislature will allow almost $1.4 billion in temporary taxes to expire without enacting any replacement measures.Read more...

Citizens weigh in on the budget

Posted on April 11, 2018
Members of the general public have one chance every year to testify in the House about the state budget.

Number of the Day

19,195 - Number of jobs Medicaid expansion has created and retained since mid-2016 (Source: Medicaid Expansion and the Louisiana Economy)

Senate starts its budget review

Posted on April 9, 2018
While House leaders try to put together their version of the state budget, the state Senate got an early start on its own deliberations with a rare Sunday meeting of the Finance Committee.

Number of the Day

64 - Percentage of the $1.6 billion budget shortfall that is due to the expiration of temporary taxes on June 30. The remaining 36 percent is due to other factors such as inflation, school enrollment and other budget factors (Source: Legislative Fiscal Office)

Justice for all?

Posted on April 2, 2018
The criminal justice system in Louisiana was built on notions of racism and white supremacy, so it’s no surprise that the system continues to produce racially biased results.

Number of the Day

$18.54 - Hourly wage needed to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment in New Orleans, $3 more than the median hourly wage for renters in the city.  (Source: The Advocate)

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