The Wrong Prescription

Posted on March 7, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was introduced March 6 in the U.S. House of Representatives, would be a major step backwards for Louisiana and for the hundreds of thousands of residents who have recently gained access to quality, affordable health coverage.… Read more...

The FY 18 Executive Budget

Posted on February 23, 2017

Gov. John Bel Edwards released his budget blueprint for the 2017-18 fiscal year on Thursday. It is built on $9.469 billion in state general fund dollars, which is $155 million less than in the current budget. Overall spending would increase by $1.4 billion.… Read more...

The goal of tax reform should not just be to stop the bleeding - although that’s important.
The current version of the budget is far from perfect.

Census data shows coverage gains

Posted on September 16, 2015

There is encouraging news today from the U.S. Census Bureau:  Almost 9 million Americans gained health coverage in 2014 due to the Affordable Care Act. The national uninsured rate dropped from 13.3 percent to 10.4 percent — even though the poverty rate and median household income were unchanged from the previous year.… Read more...

Movie industry study is deeply flawed

Posted on April 6, 2015

The Louisiana Budget Project issued the following statement in response to a new report commissioned by the film industry:

This industry-funded report is a desperate attempt by Hollywood producers to justify the generous subsidies they get from Louisiana taxpayers at a time when college campuses and health care services are under unprecedented strain.… Read more...

Louisiana Budget Project Director Jan Moller issued the following statement in response to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s report on payday lenders:

“The auditor’s report confirms what the payday industry tried to deny – that these short-term loans are designed to trap workers in long-term cycles of debt.… Read more...

LBP statement on House Bill 239

Posted on April 7, 2014

Louisiana Budget Project Director Jan Moller issued the following statement about House Bill 239, which was narrowly defeated by House Commerce Committee today:

“It was disappointing to see a majority of the committee side with the payday industry over the need to protect consumers from these unaffordable loans.… Read more...

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