constitutional convention

August 15, 2018

State Con-Con losing steam

The efforts to rewrite Louisiana’s oft-amended constitution appear to be losing momentum. Jeremy Alford reports that the con-con idea, popular among special interest groups and voters who want fewer restrictions on how state dollars can be spent, remains woefully short on specifics.

Number of the Day

384 -  The number of Medicaid patients in Louisiana who were successful in attaining treatment for Hepatitis C last year, out of nearly 35,000 Medicaid patients living with the illness. (Source: The Advocate)
May 9, 2018

Real preparations for the fiscal cliff begin

The “fiscal cliff” has become a jargony term tossed around by legislators, politicos and journalists to describe the expiration of temporary taxes on June 30.

Number of the Day

$790 - Average annual rent increase for the 83,400 low-income households receiving federal rental assistance in Louisiana under the Trump housing plan. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
April 18, 2018

Medical school leaders urge budget delay

Chancellors from LSU’s two medical schools pleaded with lawmakers on Tuesday to hold off on passing a 2019 state budget until the Legislature has another opportunity to consider additional revenue measures in a second special session.

Number of the Day

$5.2 million  - Amount of money state government has paid involving in sexual harassment lawsuits since mid-2013. (Source: Louisiana Legislative auditor)
March 19, 2018

Doctors are leaving Louisiana

Louisiana’s chronic refusal to address its structural budget deficit is a likely reason medical school graduates are leaving the state at higher rates than just a few years ago. As the AP’s Melinda Deslatte reports, last week was when newly minted doctors found out where they will “match” with post-graduate residency programs.

Number of the Day

$53.3 million - Annual payments Louisiana will receive from BP over the next 15 years for economic damages associated with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Legislation filed for the current session would allow the money to be spent on general operations instead of squirreled away in special funds (Source: Associated Press)