Emily Badger

June 25, 2018

Sine Die and a sigh of relief

When the Louisiana House adjourned on Thursday, its members were hopelessly deadlocked over one-tenth of a penny of sales-tax renewal.

Number of the Day

3 - Special sessions of the Louisiana Legislature required to reach a revenue compromise that keeps most state services operating at current levels. (Source: Louisiana Legislature)
April 10, 2018

Bill would expand predatory lending

National payday lending corporations are going around the country peddling legislation that would expand their predatory industry in the states, and Louisiana is the latest target.

Number of the Day

18,041 - Number of individuals who are slated to lose mental health services under the current version of the state budget. (Source: House Fiscal Division)
September 19, 2017

Cassidy bill “uniquely and disproportionately” hurts Louisiana

Sen. Bill Cassidy’s ACA repeal and replace proposal is the center of attention on Capitol Hill this week. As the Senate barrels toward a possible vote next week, it’s becoming increasingly clear how harmful the bill would be for Louisiana.

Number of the Day

$5.04 - Amount of wealth the average black family in America accumulates for every $100 in wealth accumulated by the average white family. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey via The Upshot Blog)