gas tax

September 10, 2018

A long-overdue pay raise?

It’s been rumored for months, but late last week it became official: Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to seek a $1,000 per year salary increase for public school teachers next year, with lower raises for school support workers.

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$170 million - Projected annual cost of giving Louisiana’s public school employees - including teachers, supervisors and support workers - a 3.65 percent pay raise needed to reach the Southern regional average. (Source: The Advocate)
August 9, 2018

Louisiana struggles with food insecurity

One in 4 Louisiana families has a hard time putting food on the table throughout the year - the second highest rate of “food hardship” in the nation, according to the latest data from the Food Research Action Center.

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20.01 cents -  Total state tax on a gallon of gas in Louisiana -  eighth lowest in the nation. (Source: The Tax Foundation)
January 8, 2018

The tax bill and the fiscal cliff

While the tax overhaul signed into law by President Donald Trump last month will drain at least $1.5 billion in federal revenues over the next decade, it will have the opposite effect in Louisiana, thanks to an unorthodox tax deduction embedded in the state constitution.

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December 11, 2017

The case for real tax reform

Congressional leaders hope to vote next week on a tax plan that gives massive giveaways to corporations and the most powerful people in the United States.

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19 cents - The loss in purchasing power - due to inflation and improved fuel efficiency - for the state’s gas tax from 1990 to 2016. (Source: Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy)