Andrew Tuozzolo

January 9, 2018

No deal, no special session

Gov. John Bel Edwards met privately with House leaders on Monday in an effort to find agreement on a package of revenue measures that would replace the temporary sales tax that expires on July 1.

Number of the Day

6.8 percent- The national unemployment rate for African-Americans, the lowest on record. The white unemployment rate is 3.7 percent. (Source: The Washington Post)
December 7, 2017

Deficit dishonesty

The Republican bill to cut taxes on powerful corporations and wealthy households will add at least $1 trillion to the federal debt - probably more - over the next decade.

Number of the Day

$30 million - The state general fund savings if Medicaid spending continues to come in below earlier forecasts. (Source: Louisiana Department of Health via Nola.com/The Times-Picayune)
November 6, 2017

Putting the brakes on managed care

The Medicaid health insurance coverage that 1.5 million low-income Louisianans rely on is imperiled after partisan maneuvering blocked the renewal of managed care contracts on Friday.

Number of the Day

8.5 - Percentage increase in the number of young adults, ages 25-34, in New Orleans, from 2010 to 2015, ranking the city 5th on a national ranking of “Millennial Magnet” cities. (Source: Urban Land Institute via Time)
October 20, 2017

Senate passes budget resolution

Voting mostly along party lines, the U.S. Senate cleared the way Thursday for a massive tax cut package that would primarily benefit the wealthy and profitable corporations.

Number of the Day

$5.49 million - Amount an estate must be worth before incurring tax under the federal estate tax; one of a litany of cuts specifically for the super-wealthy in President Trump’s plan. (Source: Vox)