Fiscal Crisis

January 17, 2017

Jan. 17: Midyear deficit confirmed

Louisiana will once again have to endure midyear budget cuts amid a shortfall pegged at $313 million by the Legislature’s economist.
January 19, 2010

Think Beyond the Recession

On January 17, 2009 the Advocate published an editorial entitled “Think Beyond the Recession,” that featured the recent comments of Louisiana Budget Project (LBP) director, Edward Ashworth to the Baton Rouge Press Club. The editorial agreed with Mr. Ashworth that budget cuts as a sole solution to the state’s fiscal crisis would further the negative effects of the recession in Louisiana. It suggested that failing to utilize a combination of budget cuts and revenue increases to balance Louisiana’s budget would compromise services for the poor, the sick, and the elderly and would eliminate or reduce education programs.
December 28, 2009

Christmas Cancelled for LA Healthcare, Higher Education

Three days before Christmas, Governor Jindal issued an executive order instructing agency heads to implement an across-the-board reduction of $247.9 million, including $108 million from the Department of Health and Hospitals, $84 million from Higher Education and $14 million from the Department of Social Services. These cuts come at a time when many department budgets, particularly those in human services and higher education, have already experienced significant reductions. The Louisiana Budget Project notes that the magnitude of Louisiana’s fiscal crisis requires a more balanced approach to solving what is, in reality, a revenue crisis.