Davante Lewis

June 27, 2018

Senate farm bill would keep families from going hungry

Congress is debating a comprehensive farm bill this summer, and the competing versions offered by the House and Senate could not be more different. The Senate bill, which faces a vote on the floor this week, would protect and enhance federal agriculture and nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that helps ensure that low-income families have enough food to eat each month.Read more...

June 18, 2018

Once more, with feeling

Thirteen days from today marks the start of the 2018-19 state fiscal year. If the Legislature fails to craft a revenue deal by then, Louisiana faces the specter of unprecedented cuts to higher education, public safety and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which puts food on the table for nearly 1 in 5 Louisianans.

Number of the Day

$67.5 million - Annual cost to the state of administering the food assistance program (SNAP). A $34.7 million cut would force the program to shut down during the 2018-19 fiscal year (Source: LBP via House Fiscal Division)
June 15, 2018

Budget brief: It’s time to re-invest in higher education

After a decade of reductions, higher education in Louisiana is once again threatened with deep cuts in the 2018-2019 state budget.
June 11, 2018

The Legislature now has one job

When the Legislature reconvenes in Baton Rouge next Monday to address what remains of the fiscal cliff, it will look far different than the special sessions that came before.

Number of the Day

$506.4 million - Amount of funding needed to fill the remaining gaps in the 2018-19 state operating budget. Most of the gaps are in higher education, public safety and social services. (Source: Legislative Fiscal Office)