federal aid

January 25, 2018

Governor optimistic about state’s future

Gov. John Bel Edwards paid a visit to The Advocate’s editorial board last week, and said he remains optimistic about Louisiana’s trajectory despite the Legislature’s failure to address the state’s chronic structural budget shortfalls.

Number of the Day

40.1 - Amount of federal aid Louisiana receives as a percentage of state general revenue. (Source: Tax Foundation)
September 21, 2016

Sept. 21: Funding for flood relief, Flint linked

As gutted remnants of homes continue to line streets throughout south Louisiana, a federal aid package remains on hold as part of a temporary government funding bill.
September 6, 2016

Sept. 6: Crime and Punishment

Louisiana could save $70 million a year by moving 9,000 people convicted of nonviolent drug offenses to drug courts - and even more if the programs expanded statewide. The numbers come from a new Legislative Auditor’s report that also finds Louisiana sends people to prison for nonviolent offenses at much higher rates than other states.
August 24, 2016

Aug. 24: Loosen the federal purse strings

As President Obama visited the flood-stricken Baton Rouge area on Tuesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards used the occasion to press for more federal resources.