Greg LeRoy

February 20, 2018

Edwards seeks tax compromise

Gov. John Bel Edwards kicked off another special session of the Legislature on Monday - his fifth since taking office in early 2016 - by calling for his Republican critics to join him in a compromise plan to stabilize the state budget by replacing most of the tax revenue that expires on June 30.

Number of the Day

$49,244 - Average teacher pay in Louisiana, compared to $50,949 for the Southern region and $58,064 nationally (Source: The Advocate)
October 23, 2017

Another look at tax exemptions

Louisiana gives away more money through corporate tax exemptions and credits than it collects from corporations in income taxes. That much has been known for years.

Number of the Day

79,379 - Louisianans who buy health coverage on the individual marketplace and benefit from federal cost-sharing reductions (Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)
October 18, 2017

A bipartisan health care deal?

A pair of U.S. senators have struck a deal aimed at averting the chaos in health insurance markets caused by President Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to cut off payments that help keep coverage affordable for low- and middle-income families.

Number of the Day

$293 - The average federal earned income tax credit for eligible childless adults. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)