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June 2, 2023

The House needs to raise the spending cap

The down-to-the-wire negotiations on the state budget hinge on whether the House will agree to spend $2.2 billion in excess cash on projects and programs that help Louisianans, or whether ideologues in the lower chamber will block those investments by refusing to raise a constitutional spending cap.… Read more...

June 1, 2023

Commentary: It’s time to lift the expenditure cap

There are many important numbers in Louisiana’s state budget, but one that matters most this week: 70. 

That’s how many votes constitute a two-thirds majority in the state House of Representatives. It’s what’s needed to make sure all public school teachers get the $3,000 pay raise they deserve, investments in early childhood services can continue, and construction projects in every corner of the state can get the funding they need.… Read more...

June 1, 2023

Paperwork snafus snag Medicaid recipients

The vast majority of people who’ve been kicked out of state Medicaid programs as part of the post-pandemic “unwinding” have been dropped because of technicalities, such as failing to respond to paperwork requests, and not because they made too much money to qualify for coverage.… Read more...

May 31, 2023

Debt limit deal will add hardship

The bipartisan debt-limit deal struck over the weekend faces its first major test on Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives, where Speaker Kevin McCarthy will try to find at least 218 votes for a plan that aims to slow down spending on federal antipoverty programs.… Read more...