Daily Dime

November 19, 2020

Sales tax holidays are a stupid idea

The conservative Tax Foundation and the progressive-leaning Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy don’t agree on much when it comes to taxes. But both groups understand that “sales tax holidays” – a favorite trope of politicians – are bad economic policy.Read more...

November 18, 2020

More Covid, but no federal relief

The latest wave of Covid-19 cases is prompting many state and local governments to implement further restrictions on indoor dining and other social gatherings. While these public health restrictions are necessary, the slowdown in economic activity also will reduce tax revenues that support vital services. Read more...

November 17, 2020

More accountability for Louisiana schools

Two decades after Louisiana adopted strict testing and accountability standards for its public schools, the state continues to languish at or near the bottom of many national rankings. Now state Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley is proposing an overhaul of the system – the first since the late 1990s – with the aim of improving literacy in the earliest grades and closing the achievement gap between white students and students of color.Read more...

November 16, 2020

The future of fossil fuels

Shell’s decision to close its oil refinery in Convent has turbocharged the debate about Louisiana’s energy economy. As Tyler Bridges reports for The Times-Picayune | Baton Rouge Advocate, the oil and gas industry’s footprint has been declining for years – both in the number of jobs it provides and the revenue it produces for state government. Read more...