Number of the Day: April 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
15 – The number of states that are not expected to expand Medicaid this year (Source: Avalere Health)

Monday, April 29, 2013
$102 million – The amount of money Jindal’s proposed budget takes from dedicated funds (Source: The Lens)

Friday, April 26, 2013
$204 million – The expected cost of TOPS this upcoming fiscal year. (The Advocate)

Thursday, April 25, 2013
$29 million – The amount Children’s Hospital will pay to purchase the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital from the state (Source:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
$554 million – The amount Louisiana would save over five years by accepting federal Medicaid expansion. (Source: Legislative Fiscal Office)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
70 – The percent of Louisianans who support federal Medicaid expansion (Source: LSU Public Policy Research Lab)

Monday, April 22, 2013
$264 million – The amount of new revenue for dedicated and other funds that would be raised if Louisiana increased cigarette taxes from the current 36 cents per pack rate to a new rate of $1.41 per pack. (Source: Fiscal Note, HB 417)

Friday, April 19, 2013
$5 billion – The amount of potential state revenues lost to tax breaks in fiscal year 2012 (Source: Tax Exemption Budget)

Thursday, April 18, 2013
$1 million – The amount of revenue House Bill 238 restores to the to the state’s Telecommunications for the Deaf Fund each year (Source: HB 238 Fiscal Note)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
$123.7 million – The total cost of recommended projects in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed capital outlay budget. (Source:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
73 percent – The number of Louisianans who support an increase in the tobacco tax. (Source: The American Cancer Society)

Monday, April 15, 2013
$79 million – The amount the state’s $1.3 billion budget shortfall will grow in the next fiscal year if the Legislature begins a 10-year phase-out of income taxes next year (Source: Legislative Fiscal Office)

Friday, April 12, 2013
$23.7 billion – The cost of phasing out Louisiana’s income taxes over 10 years (Source: Legislative Fiscal Office)

Thursday, April 11, 2013
25 percent – The amount of the state budget supported by income taxes (Source:

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
$1.4 million – The proposed cuts to domestic violence services in the governor’s budget, on top of a $1 million cut enacted earlier this year (Source:

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
$2.92 billion – The projected state collections from income taxes this year (Source: Revenue Estimating Conference)

Monday, April 8, 2013
$5,000 – The estimated tax break for a tax filer with $100,000 in income under Jindal’s tax shift proposal, compared to the $18 tax break for a filer with $20,000 in income, assuming the low-income filer receives his or her tax rebate. (Source: The Advocate)

Friday, April 5, 2013
$1.2 billion – The amount of unpaid debt owed to the state Department of Revenue, the state Department of Health and Hospitals, the state Department of Transportation and Development, the state Department of Insurance, the state Department of Children and Family Services and Delgado Community College. (Source: The Advocate)

Thursday, April 4, 2013
$40 million – The estimated costs of Louisiana’s voucher program for the next fiscal year, up from $25 million this year. (Source:

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The percent of Louisianans who believe the state is moving in the wrong direction (Source: State of the State Report)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
60 – The percent of Louisiana households that will pay more under Gov. Jindal’s tax shift proposal (Source: ITEP)

Monday, April 1, 2013
900– The number of bills pre-filed in this year’s legislative session. (Source: The Advocate)

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