Helena Moreno

May 31, 2017

Another tax reform bill bites the dust

With the Legislature scheduled to adjourn in eight days, the chances of lawmakers agreeing on a solution to the $1.3 billion fiscal “cliff” in 2018 are increasingly remote.

Number of the Day

1,100- nonviolent offenders to be released from prison by next summer if the criminal justice package is approved without amendments (Source: NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune)
May 4, 2017

A mixed day for equal pay

The House Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations has traditionally been a tough place for bills that seek to help workers.

Number of the Day

0.48 percent - Average annual increase in state spending, from 2007-08 to 2017-18, when all means of finance are counted. (Source: Louisiana House Fiscal Division).
March 30, 2017

A “grand slam” tax plan

Louisiana residents pay the nation’s highest sales tax. Income taxes collections are among the lowest in the country, thanks mainly to some massive deductions that don’t exist in most other states.

Number of the Day

23,000 - Number of infants who die before their first birthday each year in the United States, a number that’s been reduced by the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) which has been connecting expectant mothers to essential prenatal health care for 40 years.  (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)