ACA repeal

May 30, 2019

Senate Bill 173 is no substitute for the Affordable Care Act

BATON ROUGE – A bill that is nearing final passage in the Legislature is designed to protect Louisiana health care consumers in case the Affordable Care Act is struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. But Senate Bill 173  is far from a comprehensive solution to the problems Louisianans would face if the federal law is overturned.Read more...

June 21, 2018

Showdown in the House

Two-plus years of debates, multiple studies and three special sessions now come down to this: The Louisiana House will take up three revenue-raising bills today, each one renewing a different fraction of the temporary “clean penny” of sales tax that expires on June 30.

Number of the Day

$11 million - Remaining cut to local sheriffs’ funding for housing state prisoners, in budget plan passed by House Appropriations on Wednesday. (Source: Nola.com/TimesPicayune)
January 10, 2018

Fiscal reform cannot wait

Although the state’s revenue picture is expected to brighten by up to $300 million once federal tax changes take effect, the extra revenue won’t be nearly enough to plug the $1.5 billion shortfall in next year’s state budget that is mostly due to temporary taxes expiring on July 1.

Number of the Day

323,000 - Square feet of office space that Louisiana is renting from New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson at above-market rates, costing the state nearly $2 million a year. (Source: Gannett Louisiana)
January 10, 2017

Jan. 10: What Americans want on health care

Three of 4 Americans do not want to see the Affordable Care Act repealed without an adequate replacement plan in place. Recently, a national health care research organization- the Kaiser Family Foundation- talked with people who voted for Donald Trump and receive health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces and Medicaid expansion.