housing assistance

February 15, 2018

Looking beyond the “temporary” sales tax

The “temporary” 1-cent increase in Louisiana’s state sales tax, approved by lawmakers in 2016, was supposed to serve as a bridge to structural tax reforms. But those reforms never came, as House leaders rejected the recommendations of its own task force and other reform advocates.

Number of the Day

$2 trillion - Projected annual federal deficit in 2027 as a result of President Donald Trump’s 2019 executive budget. (Source: The New York Times via Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget)
June 24, 2016

Session ends with imperfect spending plan

The Legislature wrapped up its business for the years at 11:15 p.m. Thursday by passing a supplemental budget bill that distributes $263 million in new revenue among a variety of programs and services. That’s less than half the money Gov. John Bel Edwards sought when he called lawmakers into a special session.
May 25, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Report: Low-income, high-achieving students deserve TOPS; Senate rejects non-discrimination act; House raises standards for TOPS stipends; As rent rises, housing assistance plateaus