Criminal Justice

October 17, 2018

Who pays taxes in Louisiana?

When it comes to paying for government services, Louisiana asks a lot more of those with the fewest resources than it does of its wealthiest citizens, according to new analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

Number of the Day

1.2% - Percentage of income from the wealthiest 1 percent of Louisiana households that goes to pay sales and excise taxes. In comparison, 9.2 percent of income from the poorest fifth of the state’s households, who earn $10,500 a year, on average, goes toward sales and excise taxes. (Source: ITEP)
December 4, 2017

The terrible tax bill

The massive tax overhaul that cleared the U.S. Senate just before 2 a.m. EST Saturday - after just a few hours of cursory review - would add at least $1 trillion to federal budget deficits and represents a major shift of wealth from low and moderate-income working families to the most powerful people and corporations.

Number of the Day

65 - Days since funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired. More than 120,000 Louisiana children are enrolled in the program, which is scheduled to run out of money by February. (Source: Staff research)
October 17, 2017

A showdown budget vote in the Senate

Before President Donald Trump and congressional leaders can approve a massive tax cut plan that mainly benefits the wealthy, they first have to push a budget resolution through the Senate. But right now, the vote tally for a resolution that would unlock the fast track process known as reconciliation is not certain.

Number of the Day

325 million - Number of Shetland ponies that could be bought - enough to provide one to each American - for the cost of repealing the federal inheritance tax. (Source: Center for American Progress)
October 16, 2017

The GOP targets Medicaid

Louisiana’s Medicaid program has grown considerably in recent years - from less than $8 billion five years ago to more than $12 billion in the current budget cycle. Most of that growth is due to an influx of federal funding associated with Medicaid expansion, and it’s buying something very important: secure, portable health coverage for more than 400,000 low-income adults.

Number of the Day

Number of the Day $57 million - State dollars spent, of $147 million promised, to bring IBM to downtown Baton Rouge. (Source: The Advocate)