Department of Transportation and Development

October 12, 2017

The bipartisan budget retreat

Louisiana lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are meeting today in Baton Rouge for a retreat organized by House GOP Chair Lance Harris and House Democratic Caucus Leader Gene Reynolds.

Number of the Day

$13.1 billion - The current transportation construction project backlog (Source: Department of Transportation and Development via The Advocate)
August 14, 2017

The case for free community college

Louisiana has one of the most generous college scholarship programs in the country - TOPS - which covers in-state tuition for anyone who finishes high school with a 2.5 grade point average and a 20 or above on their ACT. But as The Advocate’s Mark Ballard reports, it’s a different story for students in the state’s community and technical colleges.

Number of the Day

$1.5 billion - State budget shortfall estimate for 2018-19 fiscal year (Source: Office of Planning and Budget via AP)
April 7, 2017

Chipping away at tax exemptions

Louisiana gives away billions of dollars each year through various tax exemptions, exclusions, credits and other breaks.

Number of the Day

90 -  percent of Louisianans who support a law requiring private employers to pay men and women the same amount of money for the same work. The Louisiana Legislature has rejected 28 equal pay bills in the past decade.   (Source: The Louisiana Survey Pt. IV)