Caitlin Dewey

April 3, 2018

New messaging, still no plan

State House Republicans still have no plan for confronting Louisiana’s $700 million-plus “fiscal cliff,” which will force cuts to health care, higher education, public safety and other priorities if not addressed by July 1.

Number of the Day

70 cents - Maximum hourly rate paid to state inmates who work at the Capitol and other state facilities. A bill that cleared the House on Monday would expand the type of work that inmates can perform. (Source: Nola.com/The Times-Picayune)
February 15, 2018

Looking beyond the “temporary” sales tax

The “temporary” 1-cent increase in Louisiana’s state sales tax, approved by lawmakers in 2016, was supposed to serve as a bridge to structural tax reforms. But those reforms never came, as House leaders rejected the recommendations of its own task force and other reform advocates.

Number of the Day

$2 trillion - Projected annual federal deficit in 2027 as a result of President Donald Trump’s 2019 executive budget. (Source: The New York Times via Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget)