Budget Cuts

June 1, 2018

House budget leaves health care with deep cuts, again

With just four days left in the special session, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed a budget that would cut $620 million from the state’s health care system. The $119 million state general fund reduction in the House budget would lead to the loss of $433 million in federal funds and $68 million from other (mostly local) funding sources.Read more...

March 9, 2018

Louisiana must address systemic poverty

A recent report by U.S. News and World Report ranked Louisiana dead last in the nation when ranked on a host of measurements such as health care, crime, economic opportunity and fiscal stability.

Number of the Day

1,148 - Number of House and Senate prefiled bills for the 2018 regular session of the Legislature. (Source: Louisiana Legislature)
May 3, 2017

Reduced funding, low salaries put state’s most vulnerable children at risk

The department’s staffing has been reduced by more than 2,500 since 2008 - and many of those who are left have gone years without a pay raise. The average annual salary at the department is $44,349. That’s $5,317 less than the average DCFS salary in FY 2008 when accounting for inflation.
April 8, 2017

Louisiana Department of Health: Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ executive budget for fiscal year 2017-18 allocates $2.58 billion in state general funds for the Louisiana Department of Health – the second largest commitment of state funds after the Department of Education. The vast majority of that ($2.22 billion – or 86 percent) will go to support the Medicaid program, where it will be used to draw down federal matching funds.… Read more...