House Bill 1

June 14, 2018

The Children of Central City

Simultaneously heartbreaking and inspiring, the special project by a team of reporters and photographers at Nola.com/The Times Picayune about children growing up in one of New Orleans most historic and most violent neighborhoods is a must-read.

Number of the Day

$1.4 billion - Total amount of federal SNAP benefits distributed to low-income Louisiana families (Source: Department of Children and Family Services)
June 4, 2018

It’s Sine Do or Die

The Legislature has until midnight to wrap up its work in the special session, which means passing a budget bill along with the revenue measures that support that spending.

Number of the Day

$21 million - Annual cost of modestly expanding Louisiana’s Earned Income Tax Credit from 3.5 percent to 5 percent of the federal credit, which would benefit nearly 1 in 3 state income tax filers. (Source: Legislative Fiscal Office)
April 27, 2018

Health care budget is still far short

When the Revenue Estimating Conference revised the state’s revenue forecast earlier this month to realize $346 million in tax receipts, the House Appropriations Committee designated $60 million to Medicaid.

Number of the Day

$82 million - Amount of revenue Louisiana would receive under the newly expanded Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (Source: The Daily Advertiser)
April 23, 2018

Budget debate heads to the Senate

Members of the Senate Finance Committee met Sunday to review the Draconian budget bill approved last week by the House. Some, like Chairman Eric Lafleur of Ville Platte, were horrified by the cuts to health care and graduate medical education.

Number of the Day

66,099 - Number of employees on the state payroll as of December 2017, down from 100,473 in Fiscal Year 2008. Nationwide, the state and local public sector workforce is the smallest it’s been since 1967 as a share of the civilian American civilian workforce.  (Source: Division of Administration and The New York Times)