2023 Legislative Session

May 11, 2023

House budget reflects misplaced priorities

The state budget is supposed to reflect Louisiana’s priorities. As the annual legislative session reached the halfway point this week, the budget bill crafted by House conservatives fails to prioritize teachers, people with Medicaid coverage and parents with preschool children.  

The changes made by the House took a sensible budget proposal from Gov.… Read more...

April 24, 2023

LBP Didja Know? 4-24-23: Spending debates heat up at Capitol

Didja Know? is the official podcast of the Louisiana Budget Project. The show focuses on interviews and discussions of the most important issues facing Louisiana, especially issues affecting low-to-moderate income families. Didja Know? is hosted by Jan Moller and produced by Jamie Carson.… Read more...

April 17, 2023

LBP Didja Know? 4-17-23: The Earned Income Tax Credit and paid family and medical leave in Louisiana

The 2023 Louisiana Legislative session gaveled in last week. LBP’s Jan Moller and Stacey Roussel break down two bills that could have a meaningful impact on Louisiana families: House Bill 162 by Rep. Matt Willard, which would double the state Earned Income Tax Credit, and House Bill 596 by Rep.… Read more...

April 15, 2023

Paid family and medical leave for Louisiana

The United States remains the only Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) country without a national paid leave policy. Congress passed the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in 1993, which offers
up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for qualified employees.… Read more...