Infrastructure

October 11, 2018

Public charge targets immigrants

The Trump administration has proposed a new regulation that would block immigrant families from having a permanent, secure future in the United States.

Number of the Day

15.1 percent  - The amount of households in New Orleans making less than $10,000 annually, while 9.1 percent of households earn $150,000 and more.  (Source: Bloomberg)
September 25, 2018

Don’t squander the budget surplus

The state’s $300 million budget surplus, spurred by higher-than-expected corporate and personal income tax collections and a small bump in oil and gas taxes, has prompted hand-wringing from some conservatives who now say that tax renewals that helped stabilize this year’s budget were unnecessary.

Number of the Day

5.9 - Percentage increase in personal income in Louisiana in the second fiscal quarter of 2018. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce)
September 10, 2018

A long-overdue pay raise?

It’s been rumored for months, but late last week it became official: Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to seek a $1,000 per year salary increase for public school teachers next year, with lower raises for school support workers.

Number of the Day

$170 million - Projected annual cost of giving Louisiana’s public school employees - including teachers, supervisors and support workers - a 3.65 percent pay raise needed to reach the Southern regional average. (Source: The Advocate)
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)