Budget

February 22, 2019

Revenue stalemate undermines reform

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration is scheduled to present its 2019-20 executive budget to the Legislature on Friday. It should be a triumphant moment for state policymakers. After a decade of chronic financial instability in state government, Louisiana’s budget is now stable and revenues are growing at a slow, if steady pace.Read more...

February 22, 2018

The Proposed Spending Cap Would be a Disaster for the State Budget

Under the guise of “budget reform,” House Republican leaders have made three demands of Gov. John Bel Edwards as a condition of agreeing to replace some of the revenue from temporary taxes that expire on July 1. Most of the attention thus far has focused on the first two – a new website that would track government spending by state and local governments, and a proposed work requirement and out-of-pocket costs for some Medicaid recipients.Read more...

December 4, 2017

Cliff notes: Louisiana is still a low tax state

Most people don’t like paying taxes. But people in Louisiana pay less in state and local taxes than residents of other states, on average. This is important to keep in mind as policymakers consider reforms to the state tax structure.

In 2016 Louisiana ranked 40th among states in general fund revenue per capita.… Read more...

June 20, 2017

NEW REPORT: The American Health Care Act Would Reverse Recent Coverage Gains and Strain Louisiana’s Budget

The American Health Care Act would be devastating for the state budget, health care providers and residents of all parts of the state.