inclusionary zoning

May 30, 2018

A partial solution is not good enough

The end of the second special session of 2018 is less than a week away, and the only major revenue bill to advance to the Senate is House Bill 27, by Rep. Lance Harris.

Number of the Day

$458,600,000 - Amount that would be raised by all revenue raising measures that are currently working their way through legislative process during the 2018 special session. Louisiana faces a shortfall of $648 million. (Source: LBP)
May 10, 2018

Payday lending expansion halted

The House Commerce Committee on Wednesday rejected a push by the national payday lending industry to expand its Louisiana operations and make the debt trap deeper and longer for vulnerable borrowers. Witnesses testified to the harms payday lending already subjects Louisiana families to, as well as the availability of much cheaper and less harmful alternatives.

Number of the Day

37,000 - Number of senior citizens and individuals with developmental disabilities who receive care in a nursing home, in other long-term care facilities and through waivers for community-based services set to receive a notice from Louisiana Department of Health that they may lose Medicaid coverage under the budget as currently crafted by the legislature. (Source: Louisiana Department of Health)
April 17, 2018

TOPS over health care

The House Appropriations Committee put its stamp on the state budget on Monday, and the message was clear: College undergraduate students matter more than low-income Louisianans who need health coverage.

Number of the Day

$1.6 billion - The budget cuts to health care, including loss of federal funding, in HB 1 as amended in House Appropriations. (Source: The Advocate)
April 2, 2018

Justice for all?

The criminal justice system in Louisiana was built on notions of racism and white supremacy, so it’s no surprise that the system continues to produce racially biased results.

Number of the Day

$18.54 - Hourly wage needed to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment in New Orleans, $3 more than the median hourly wage for renters in the city.  (Source: The Advocate)