State Budget & Tax

June 15, 2018

Budget cuts threaten Louisiana’s largest anti-hunger program

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The Legislature’s stalemate over revenue-raising measures could force the state to opt out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The budget passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards during the second special session includes a 24.2 percent, or $34.7 million, cut to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) – the state agency that administers SNAP.  Read more...

June 1, 2018

House budget leaves health care with deep cuts, again

With just four days left in the special session, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed a budget that would cut $620 million from the state’s health care system. The $119 million state general fund reduction in the House budget would lead to the loss of $433 million in federal funds and $68 million from other (mostly local) funding sources.Read more...

May 29, 2018

A Partial Solution is Not Good Enough

The second special session of 2018 is past the halfway point, and so far the only major revenue bill to make it to the Senate is House Bill 27 by Rep. Lance Harris. This bill would raise an estimated $363 million for the 2018-19 budget to help address the fiscal cliff.Read more...

May 23, 2018

Louisiana’s Fiscal Cliff: The Basics

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The Legislature will reconvene May 22 through June 4 for a special session focused on raising or retaining enough revenue to craft the 2018-19 state budget without damaging cuts to higher education, health care and public safety services.Read more...