GOP Tax Plan

June 6, 2018

Reflections on a meltdown

The Legislature’s failure to agree on a revenue package that supports the budget bill they passed brought swift condemnation from editorial writers and opinion columnists throughout the state.

Number of the Day

$.17 - The difference in sales tax on a $100 purchase between the House GOP plan (4.33 percent) and the one backed by broad majorities in the House and Senate (4.5 percent). (Source: Simple arithmetic)
May 1, 2018

Hospital layoffs in Lafayette?

The state’s financial uncertainty has prompted Lafayette General Health to issue ‘warn’ letters of termination to nearly 800 University Hospital and Clinics employees.

Number of the Day

15.5 percent - Percentage of of adults in the United States without health insurance. This is nearly three percentage points higher than the adult uninsured rate at the same time in 2016 - an increase of about 4 million people. (Source: Axios)
April 17, 2018

TOPS over health care

The House Appropriations Committee put its stamp on the state budget on Monday, and the message was clear: College undergraduate students matter more than low-income Louisianans who need health coverage.

Number of the Day

$1.6 billion - The budget cuts to health care, including loss of federal funding, in HB 1 as amended in House Appropriations. (Source: The Advocate)
February 6, 2018

Senators call for special session

While state House leaders continue to struggle for consensus on how to deal with the state’s fiscal cliff, a bipartisan group of state senators is urging Gov. John Bel Edwards to move forward with a post-Mardi Gras special session.

Number of the Day

68 percent - The percentage of black students at LSU in 2017 who reported experiencing discomfort on campus due to comments about their race. (Source: LSU Campus Climate Survey via The Advocate)