Damian Paletta

May 8, 2018

Citizens weigh in on the budget, again

Families with medically fragile children, advocates for people with disabilities and a host of other advocates convened on the Senate Finance Committee on Monday to urge its rejection of the House-passed budget.

Number of the Day

$7 billion - Amount proposed to be cut from CHIP under President Donald Trump’s rescission proposal (Source: Washington Post)
February 1, 2018

Where’s the $600 million?

There was heated back-and-forth last week in the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget over a claim by Gov. John Bel Edwards he’s cut more than $600 million from the state budget since taking office.

Number of the Day

$20 million - The projected annual savings to the state from raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 17. (Source: LSU via Nola.com)
January 4, 2018

Federal budget negotiations begin

Congress faces a Jan. 19 deadline to strike a budget deal or trigger a government shutdown.

Number of the Day

5.8 percent - The reduction of violent crime attributed to Medicaid expansion and access to substance abuse treatment overall in expansion states. (Source: Brookings Institute)
December 13, 2017

Medicaid brinksmanship

The health care received by 1.5 million Louisianans continues to hang in the balance as Gov. John Bel Edwards and Rep. Cameron Henry disagree on small details in the contracts of private companies that manage 90 percent of Louisiana's Medicaid program.

Number of the Day

28.3 - Percent of children in Louisiana living in poverty. (Source: United Health Foundation)