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February 23, 2018

Spending cap changes would wreak havoc on budget

One of the few bills that advanced out of committee this week is a dangerous proposal from House Speaker Taylor Barras to change the formula that governs the state spending cap.

Number of the Day

$40 million - amount of additional state funding requested by two education advisory groups this week, the equivalent of 1 percent of the state’s current allocation to public schools. (Source: The Advocate)
January 12, 2018

Medicaid work requirements

Gov. John Bel Edwards said this week that his administration is “actively working” to develop a work requirement plan for able-bodied Medicaid recipients.

Number of the Day

67 - percent of Medicaid recipients in Louisiana who are children, seniors or disabled. (Source: Louisiana Department of Health
January 11, 2018

State’s budget problems hurt LSU recruitment

Louisiana’s ongoing, self-inflicted budget travails are making it harder for the state’s flagship university to attract the best and brightest students.

Number of the Day

86,000 - Number of Kentucky residents who are expected to lose their health care coverage if Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver application to add work requirements and fees is approved.  (Source: Kentucky Center for Economic Policy)
November 1, 2017

Criminal justice reforms underway

About 1,900 people who were imprisoned in Louisiana for nonviolent offenses are being released early today, due to the landmark criminal justice reforms enacted by the Legislature.

Number of the Day

$262 million - Amount the state expects to save over the next decade due to the 2017 criminal justice reform package. Seventy percent of the savings will be reinvested into programs and services that help reduce the chances a person will return to prison. (Source: Louisiana Department of Corrections)