Letters to Editor

There was a time when expanding health coverage was seen as the best way to improve Louisiana’s poor health rankings. Gov. Bobby Jindal supported this idea as recently as November 2008, he was pushing for the “Louisiana Health First” plan, which would have let Louisiana use Medicaid dollars to buy private health coverage for low-income parents and caregivers who earned up to 50 percent of the federal poverty rate – an estimated 60,000 people.… Read more...

LBP: Health-care prospects to improve

Posted on July 11, 2013
Louisiana Budget Project analyst Steve Spires wrote a letter to the editor of the Advocate Thursday, clarifying earlier claims by Blue Cross about health-care costs that consumers should know before the new law takes effect in January. Spires notes that most individuals will be shielded from premium cost increases due to new federal tax credits that will “allow thousands of uninsured, moderate-income families to afford private coverage for the first time, and will help reduce premiums for others.”

In the News: August

Posted on August 31, 2012

A new report on the high cost of film credits made headlines across the state, and our budget analysts continued to weigh in on the ongoing debate over tax exemptions during a busy month at the Louisiana Budget Project.

LBP was cited more than 20 times in news articles and editorials.… Read more...

The Reminder of Tax Day

Posted on April 17, 2012
With the April 17 tax deadline looming, it’s a good time look not just at what we pay to the government each year but what we all get in return. Because while no one especially enjoys paying taxes, they are the  essential building blocks of a fair and open society that gives every citizen the chance to reach their full potential.

March: In the News

Posted on April 2, 2012
The Louisiana Budget Project has been cited in the news weighing in on various important debates such as the school voucher plan, the health insurance exchange, state pensions and health care reform.
Twenty-two years ago, back when bipartisanship was still possible on Capitol Hill, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that required all packaged food to be labeled with detailed nutritional information.

The Louisiana Budget Project cautions that three tax-related bills now moving through the State Legislature, if enacted, would cost Louisiana $3 billion annually in desperately needed revenue.

On June 10th, The Times-Picayune published “Tax elimination measures are folly,” an op-ed written by Louisiana Budget Project Director Edward Ashworth alerting readers to House Bills 633, 634, and Senate Bill 259 and their call to eliminate the state income tax for both individuals and corporations.… Read more...

A guest column by LBP Director, Edward Ashworth, published in the January 28, 2010 edition of The Times-Picayune, entitled “TOPS shift a way to get to the general fund,” criticizes Governor Jindal’s proposal to reallocate Millennium Trust monies to TOPS.… Read more...

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