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March 23, 2018

Budget gimmicks will not solve revenue problem

Using one-time money to pay for long term, ongoing expenses is not a sustainable way to run a household, let alone a state budget. But that’s exactly what House GOP leader Lance Harris is proposing as a fix for Louisiana’s fiscal cliff.

Number of the Day

$70 million - Amount the state has cut its Child Care Assistance Program since 2008. Legislation approved by the House Education committee on Thursday would restore $10 million in funding for the program. (Source: The Daily Advertiser)
January 23, 2018

A new approach to work requirements?

Gov. John Bel Edwards has yet to lay out his vision for how to connect Medicaid recipients with jobs; those details are being worked on by an outside consultant. But in a letter to The Advocate, Louisiana Health Secretary Rebekah Gee suggests it won’t be the punitive approach favored by state Sen. Sharon Hewitt and other legislators.

Number of the Day

$5.8 billion- Amount of money in tips that workers would lose under a proposed U.S. Department of Labor rule that would allow restaurants to pocket their workers’ tips as long as they pay at least a minimum wage. (Source: Economic Policy Institute)
January 22, 2018

What’s the price of tax reform?

For almost two years now, one key question has overhung the debate over Louisiana’s structural budget shortfall: What will it take for House Republicans to support a package of permanent, sustainable revenue measures to replace the temporary, 1-cent sales tax enacted in 2016?

Number of the Day

70,953 - Total state employees at the end of the 2016-17 fiscal year, down from 100,486 in FY2009 (Source: Popular Annual Financial Report/Division of Administration)
January 19, 2018

The politics of TOPS

As Gov. John Bel Edwards prepares to release his doomsday budget on Monday, the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) is once again in the center of the debate over Louisiana’s budget priorities.

Number of the Day

76 - Percent of Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion enrollees who are already working, caring for family members, or in school. (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)