Letters to Editor

August 1, 2013

“Gov. Jindal was right before, Medicaid is key to health care for uninsured” on NOLA.com

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...

July 11, 2013

LBP: Health-care prospects to improve

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.”
August 31, 2012

In the News: August

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...

April 17, 2012

The Reminder of Tax Day

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.