fiscal cliff

June 15, 2018

Budget cuts threaten Louisiana’s largest anti-hunger program

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The Legislature’s stalemate over revenue-raising measures could force the state to opt out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The budget passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards during the second special session includes a 24.2 percent, or $34.7 million, cut to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) – the state agency that administers SNAP.  Read more...

May 29, 2018

A Partial Solution is Not Good Enough

The second special session of 2018 is past the halfway point, and so far the only major revenue bill to make it to the Senate is House Bill 27 by Rep. Lance Harris. This bill would raise an estimated $363 million for the 2018-19 budget to help address the fiscal cliff.Read more...

May 24, 2018

Louisiana leaders support a stronger EITC as part of revenue package

A diverse group of community and nonprofit leaders representing hundreds of thousands of ordinary Louisiana citizens is asking the Louisiana Legislature to strengthen the Earned Income Tax Credit as part of its revenue deliberations.

An open letter to the Legislature notes that renewing part of the “clean penny” of sales tax, which is necessary to avoid deep budget cuts, will hit low-income households the hardest.… Read more...

May 23, 2018

Louisiana’s Fiscal Cliff: The Basics

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The Legislature will reconvene May 22 through June 4 for a special session focused on raising or retaining enough revenue to craft the 2018-19 state budget without damaging cuts to higher education, health care and public safety services.Read more...