Ben Carson

June 13, 2018

Budget cuts impact would be widespread

The budget bill passed by the Legislature in the waning minutes of the last special session includes across-the-board cuts to agencies and programs throughout state government that would wreak havoc on essential services.

Number of the Day

$16.16 - The hourly rate a Louisiana worker needs to afford a two-bedroom rental without spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing. (Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition)
June 8, 2018

Looking back and looking ahead

Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to issue his call for the third special session of 2018 today - or Monday at the latest.

Number of the Day

90,200   - Number of low-income Louisiana children who would be affected by HUD rent increases under Trump Administration’s housing proposal (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
May 3, 2018

Farm bill will hit rural families and economies hardest

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) currently keeps more than 400,000 households in Louisiana, including 407,000 children, from going hungry. A recent analysis of the House Agriculture Committee’s version of the federal farm bill lays out why it would increase food insecurity and hardship across the country.

Number of the Day

18.3 - percentage of households in Louisiana that are food insecure, which is 5.3 percentage points higher than the U.S. average. (Source: United States Department of Agriculture)
August 23, 2017

A tax reform coalition

Louisiana has the highest combined state and local sales tax in the country. In order to change this over the long-term, restoring revenue through the income tax - whether through rate increases or elimination of costly deductions - must occur.

Number of the Day

37,000 - Number of Louisiana workers employed in the liquefied natural gas and petrochemical manufacturing facilities, an increase of 15 percent since 2006. (Source: LSU economist Gregory Upton via The Advocate)