Greg Hillburn

February 23, 2018

Spending cap changes would wreak havoc on budget

One of the few bills that advanced out of committee this week is a dangerous proposal from House Speaker Taylor Barras to change the formula that governs the state spending cap.

Number of the Day

$40 million - amount of additional state funding requested by two education advisory groups this week, the equivalent of 1 percent of the state’s current allocation to public schools. (Source: The Advocate)
October 12, 2017

The bipartisan budget retreat

Louisiana lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are meeting today in Baton Rouge for a retreat organized by House GOP Chair Lance Harris and House Democratic Caucus Leader Gene Reynolds.

Number of the Day

$13.1 billion - The current transportation construction project backlog (Source: Department of Transportation and Development via The Advocate)
April 11, 2017

The tax reform session

Louisiana is facing a fiscal crisis, with more than $1.3 billion in temporary taxes due to expire in 2018.

Number of the Day

95,000 -  Number of Louisiana households that use federal rental assistance to rent modest housing at an affordable cost. Eighty-nine percent of those households included a person who is elderly, disabled, or a child. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
March 10, 2017

Plans develop to avoid 2018 fiscal cliff

Gov. John Bel Edwards is still finalizing his proposals for how Louisiana can avoid the $1.2 billion fiscal cliff in 2018, when a slew of temporary revenue measures are due to expire.