2018 special legislative session

March 6, 2018

Now what?

The Legislature’s latest attempt to fix Louisiana’s $1 billion “fiscal cliff” ended in failure on Monday, as the House could not overcome the political stalemate that made it impossible to pass any revenue bills.

Number of the Day

3.2 percent - Percent growth in the economic value of arts and cultural production in Louisiana from 2014 to 2015. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis)
March 5, 2018

On the brink of collapse

The Legislature’s effort to partially replace nearly $1.4 billion in expiring tax revenue is on the verge of failure after the House, for the second time, failed to pass a key sales tax measure.

Number of the Day

$17,409 - Median wealth of a black family in 2016, which is 10.2 percent of the median wealth of a white family ($171,000). (Source: Economic Policy Institute)
March 2, 2018

A final swing at revenues?

The House is scheduled to come back into session at 10 a.m. to vote on a set of stalled tax bills that have been the subject of intense negotiations over the last several days. Legislators hit an impasse late Wednesday, but House and Senate leaders met Thursday to discuss a path forward.

Number of the Day

2.9 percent - Percentage of patients hospitalized for opioid-related causes who were uninsured in 2015 - down from 13.4 percent two years earlier, before the Affordable Care Act (Source: CBPP via Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
March 1, 2018

Special session on life support

The special legislative session is teetering on the brink of collapse after a crucial sales tax bill favored by Republicans was shot down Wednesday night, with only 38 of 105 House members voting for it (it needed 70 votes to pass).

Number of the Day

67 - Number of legislators who voted against House Bill 23 that would temporarily renew one-quarter of an expiring 1 percent sales tax and temporarily eliminate some sales tax breaks (Source: legis.la.gov)