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October 17, 2018

Who pays taxes in Louisiana?

When it comes to paying for government services, Louisiana asks a lot more of those with the fewest resources than it does of its wealthiest citizens, according to new analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

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1.2% - Percentage of income from the wealthiest 1 percent of Louisiana households that goes to pay sales and excise taxes. In comparison, 9.2 percent of income from the poorest fifth of the state’s households, who earn $10,500 a year, on average, goes toward sales and excise taxes. (Source: ITEP)
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...

August 18, 2017

Contingency planning

Louisiana’s 2017-18 budget is currently balanced. But Republican state lawmakers don’t believe the state’s revenue projections will hold up, and have asked Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne to provide a list of $60 million in potential mid-year cuts.

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$54 million- Amount the state saved by refinancing $377 million in Gasoline and Fuels Tax Revenue Bond debt, which can be used for highway and bridge projects. (Source: The Advocate)
March 24, 2017

Health care judgment day

Lacking enough support to pass their deeply flawed health-care bill, House Republicans postponed the planned Thursday vote until this afternoon.