capital outlay

March 21, 2018

Requiring unanimous juries

Louisiana is one of only two states - Oregon is the other - that do not require a unanimous jury verdict for felony convictions. It’s one of the reasons the Pelican State leads the nation, and the world, in incarceration.

Number of the Day

32,814  - Projected number of prisoners in Louisiana in 2027 if all criminal justice reforms are left in place, a 10 percent decrease in the projected prison population absent reform.   (Source: The Pew Trusts)
August 1, 2017

Mr. Cassidy goes to Washington

By most accounts, the GOP’s efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act with something that covers far fewer people is dead, at least for the moment. But someone forgot to tell Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, who flew back to the nation’s capital on Monday for a White House meeting with beleaguered President Donald Trump.

Number of the Day

34 percent - Decrease in federal health-care funding, compared to current law, by 2026 under a block-grant proposal being pushed by Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities).
May 15, 2017

Spotlight on capital outlay

The annual capital construction bill has always served a two-part purpose: First, it provides dollars for state construction projects - everything from office buildings and museums to local priorities like sewer upgrades or a new fire station. Second, it has served as an enticing carrot that the governor can dangle before legislators as a way of corralling votes on tough issues.

Number of the Day

39 - Percentage of an average teacher’s income in New Orleans that goes toward housing, making the Crescent City the 10th most unaffordable city for teachers. Federal guidelines suggest families spend no more than 30 percent of their income on housing (Source: Jarvis DeBerry via San Francisco Chronicle)
August 11, 2016

Aug. 11: The child care dilemma

One of the most visible and damaging consequences of Louisiana’s budget quagmires is the effect they’ve had on low-income parents seeking quality, affordable care for their young children. The number of children served through the state’s Child Care Assistance Program has plummeted from nearly 40,000 six years ago to around 12,000 today.