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June 11, 2018

Tuition Donation Credit Program vulnerable to exploitation with recent federal tax changes

A little-used state tax credit program designed to benefit low-income students could balloon into a profitable tax shelter for Louisiana’s wealthiest citizens thanks to the recent federal tax cut law. If high-income taxpayers are allowed to exploit the program, the cost of the credit to the state could explode in the years to come as wealthy taxpayers rush to take advantage.Read more...

June 2, 2017

Education: Fiscal Year 2018 budget

Louisiana’s future growth and prosperity depends on its ability to educate its citizens. Our state’s K-12 schools and colleges are at the forefront of efforts to provide opportunities for our children, and to prepare the next generation of workers for the challenges they’ll face in the 21st Century economy.… Read more...

October 25, 2016

Amendment 2 is the wrong solution to college funding crisis

The financial crisis confronting Louisiana’s colleges and universities is well known: Faced with chronic revenue shortfalls fueled by irresponsible tax cuts, Louisiana policymakers have responded by making deep cuts to state support for public colleges and universities, and having students make up the difference through tuition hikes.Read more...

July 29, 2016

New Occupational Data Show Need for Work Supports, Education Investments

An important goal of state policy should be to ensure that hard work pays off. New data from the Louisiana Workforce Commission show that many occupations adding jobs provide relatively low incomes to workers. Louisiana leaders should enact policies to support workers who will fill these jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. Doubling the state’s Earned income tax credit (EITC) and increasing the state’s minimum wage would be a good down payment for building an inclusive economy that supports these emerging jobs in Louisiana.