Budget

June 12, 2017

Commentary: Don’t blame the weatherman for the rain

The Legislature begins another special session this week – the fourth in 18 months under Gov. John Bel Edwards. The only job for legislators is to pass a budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year – a task that eluded them during the 60-day regular session when negotiations between the House and Senate broke down in the final hours.Read more...

May 17, 2017

Letter: Senate should reverse healthcare cuts

More than two dozen organizations are calling on the Senate to reverse $237 million in unnecessary cuts to healthcare services ordered by the House of Representatives earlier this month.

In a  joint letter to the members of the Senate Finance Committee, groups that represent healthcare providers, patients and ordinary citizens said the proposed cuts are unnecessary, as the House simply refused to spend money that is available in the budget.… Read more...

May 2, 2017

LBP calls for “real solutions” in letter to House Ways & Means

Louisiana Budget Project executive director, Jan Moller, sent a letter to each member of the House Ways and Means Committee calling for action to raise money to account for both the $440 million fiscal year 2018 shortfall and the fiscal year 2019 cliff of at least $1.4 billion.… Read more...

March 13, 2017

Overview: Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ 2017-18 fiscal year executive budget is built on $9.469 billion in state general fund tax receipts, of which 92 percent ($8.750 billion) will be used to fund general government operations. The rest would finance the Legislature and judiciary, along with required spending on debt service and other obligations.Read more...