Didja Know? is the official podcast of the Louisiana Budget Project. The show focuses on interviews and discussions of the most important issues facing Louisiana, especially issues affecting low-to-moderate income families. Didja Know? is hosted and produced by Jamie Carson. All episodes are available on iTunes, Google Play and other popular podcast services. Click here to listen. If you have any questions, ideas for future topics or would like to be a guest on Didja Know? please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Didja Know? 4-14-21: 2021 Legislative Sesion Week 1
In this episode, LBP executive director Jan Moller and director of public affairs and outreach Davante Lewis join the show to talk about the tax reform debate dominating the first week of the legislative session, and why lawmakers should use revenue from the repeal of the federal income tax deduction to invest in people as opposed to simply substituting one tax break for the rich for another tax break for the rich.
Didja Know? 3-25-21: Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund
Louisiana will receive $3 billion from the American Rescue Plan. Business lobbyists want part of the money to be used for bailing out the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund, and have found an ally in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration. But LBP policy analyst Neva Butkus thinks this is a bad idea. In our latest episode, she breaks down the structural issues with the state’s unemployment insurance system – and how to fix them – and better ways to use federal recovery dollars so that they are reaching the people who have suffered the most during the pandemic.
Didja Know?: LBP Guide to the 2020 Constitutional Amendments
Louisiana voters will decide on seven amendments to the state constitution in the November 2020 elections, along with an eighth ballot measure that deals with the legalization of sports gambling. While most of these measures will have little effect on the day-to-day lives of most citizens, two amendments have the potential to inflict long-term damage on the ability of state and local governments to provide basic services. LBP Executive Director Jan Moller joins the podcast to highlight what’s at stake in the proposals. You can read LBP’s full guide to the constitutional amendments here: https://www.labudget.org/2020/10/changing-the-charter-a-guide-to-the-2020-constitutional-amendments/
Didja Know?: Special session and the need for race equity
In this episode, we recap the first week of the special legislative session, the status of budget negotiations (and what’s driving them) and explain why it’s vital that lawmakers prioritize race equity in the Covid-19 recovery effort.
Didja Know?: Voting in a Pandemic
In this episode, we talk to state Rep. Mandie Landry about a decision by Louisiana Republicans to block an emergency coronavirus election plan and a bill she has authored that would expand mail-in voting. Then, we chat with Ashley Shelton, executive director of the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice about protecting democracy during a pandemic.
Didja Know?: Unemployment Insurance, April 2, 2020
In this episode, we talk to LBP policy analyst Neva Butkus about unemployment insurance. We break down what the recently passed coronavirus stimulus bills do for these benefits and what Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Workforce Commission should do to take full advantage of the new federal funding in order to get money in the hands of as many unemployed workers as possible.
Didja Know?: March 19, 2020
In this episode Davante Lewis, Jan Moller and Danny Mintz give updates on how the coronavirus is affecting Louisiana: the suspension of the Legislature, what the economic recession will do to the state budget and how food assistance programs are a key part of the state’s response.
Didja Know?: February 12, 2020
After a winter hiatus, the Didja Know? Podcast is back! In our first episode of 2020, LBP executive director Jan Moller and policy analyst Neva Butkus discuss the newest stalemate at the Revenue Estimating Conference, a lawsuit filed by Gov. John Bel Edwards against Treasurer John Schroder over unclaimed property and the proposed state budget for Louisiana. Click here to listen.
Didja Know?: October 15, 2019
J. Miles Coleman joins the Didja Know? Podcast to do some post-election analysis for the gubernatorial primary. Miles is the Associate Editor for the University of Virginia Center for Politics, Sabato’s Crystal Ball. His work has appeared in outlets such as the Washington Post, POLITICO and The Rachel Maddow Show. During our discussion, we analyze the geographic breakdown of votes, the impact of black voter turnout, the Trump effect and much more.
DIDJA KNOW?: October 3, 2019
The Didja Know? Podcast is back! In this episode LBP’s Stacey Roussel and Neva Butkus break down Louisiana’s state-level Census data (poverty, child poverty, median household income, income inequality). What strides has Louisiana made in the past year? What policies do we need to keep moving forward? Also, LBP’s executive director Jan Moller explains our views on the four proposed amendments to the state constitution that voters will see on their ballots and gives a rundown on the state of the governor’s race. Click here to listen.
DIDJA KNOW?: May 30, 2019
On this episode we’re talking to Danielle Satawa about the diaper tax and Stacey Rousell on the shortfalls of a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that are being being pushed in the Legislature. We wrap up the show recapping the last two weeks of the legislative session and what we can expect as we come down the home stretch to sine die.
DIDJA KNOW?: May 14, 2019
On this episode we’re talking to Rep. Royce Duplessis of New Orleans about his bill to lift the statewide preemption law that forbids local governments from setting their own minimum wage. Next we talk to Neva Butkus about what lawmakers can still do this legislative session to reform Louisiana’s antiquated tax code. She also discusses the 65th anniversary of the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education and the segregation that still exists in public schools despite it. Finally, Jan Moller recaps the last few weeks of the legislative session and what we should be paying attention to as we enter the home stretch.
DIDJA KNOW?: April 25, 2019
In this episode we talk to Davante Lewis about Invest in Louisiana, a proactive policy campaign that recently launched. Next, we discuss what a paid leave policy would look like in Louisiana with Stacey Roussel. Lastly Jan Moller recaps the first two weeks of the legislative session and previews what’s on the horizon.
DIDJA KNOW?: April 9, 2019
In the inaugural edition of the Louisiana Budget Project’s “Didja Know?” podcast, we talk all things 2019 Louisiana Legislative Session. Our guests include three members of the LBP team who break down the important issues and pieces of legislation that our organization will be focusing on over the next two months. They include Jan Moller, Executive Director, Neva Butkus, Policy Analyst, and Davante Lewis, Public Affairs and Outreach Coordinator.