Daily Dime

August 3, 2020

Stalling on stimulus

The $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits that were helping more than 450,000 jobless Louisianans – many with little or no savings to fall back on – have officially expired. Unless Congress can agree on a new round of relief funding to replace those payments, help state and local governments plug budget holes and shore up public school funding, things will soon get much worse.Read more...

July 1, 2020

Sine Die

The Louisiana Legislature adjourned Tuesday after passing a $35.2 billion state budget that will fund essential services, healthcare, public schools and higher education for the next year. Business lobbyists set the agenda for the session, which yielded a long list of business tax breaks, uncertainty on pay raises for civil servants and a modest state benefit for essential workers.Read more...

June 30, 2020

Help for frontline workers

Hundreds of thousands of front-line workers could qualify for one-time “hazard pay” bonuses of $250 under legislation that gained final legislative approval on Monday. The governor supports the legislation. House Bill 70 by Rep. Sam Jenkins was a counterweight to the hundreds of millions of dollars that Republicans lawmakers steered to businesses during the legislative sessions.Read more...

June 29, 2020

Corporations over people at the Legislature

The Louisiana Legislature is nearing the Tuesday finish line of its special session with two major issues still unresolved – the $33 billion state operating budget and the battle over tort “reform.” On Sunday, the Senate made the job of passing the budget a little more difficult by approving two new corporate tax breaks.Read more...