Daily Dime

May 13, 2019

The case against (most) new tax breaks

It took 10 legislative sessions since 2016 – including four last year alone – for Louisiana lawmakers to return some stability to the state budget after a decade of chronic shortfalls. But multiple efforts are already underway to undermine last year’s hard-won revenue compromise: several bills that have gained traction at the Capitol would create new tax breaks or roll back the temporary sales tax renewal.Read more...

May 10, 2019

The ‘tampon tax’ is not a gimmick

While Louisiana’s combined sales tax is among the highest in the country, the state constitution protects low-income consumers by exempting basic necessities from the state portion of the tax. The exemption applies to groceries, prescription drugs and home utilities. But the male-dominated Legislature left out some important necessities when they wrote that constitutional provision: feminine hygiene products and diapers.Read more...

May 9, 2019

House Budget Shortchanges Vulnerable Children

As Louisiana’s $31 billion state budget works its way through the Legislature, a relatively small budget gap could have an outsized effect on the most vulnerable children in Louisiana. The budget bills up for consideration today leave the state’s Department of Children and Family Services $2.9 million short of what they need to operate the food assistance program and maintain current levels of services for abused and vulnerable children.Read more...

May 8, 2019

Looming showdown on teacher pay

The ongoing dispute between Louisiana education leaders and Republican legislators in the House shows no sign of ending after the state’s top school board elected to stand firmly behind its previous request for a $39 million increase for public schools. House Republicans want to include money for a $1,200 raise for teachers and half that amount for school support workers, but don’t want to provide money for school districts to help offset the rising cost of employee pensions.Read more...