Jay Dardenne

June 19, 2018

It may come down to a tenth of a penny

With a July 1 deadline looming to agree on a revenue package, Gov. John Bel Edwards asked lawmakers to put partisan politics aside as they convened Monday for the year’s third special session.

Number of the Day

100 million - the difference in revenue between a 4.4 and 4.5 percent sales tax rate. (Source: The Advocate)
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 9, 2018

Senate starts its budget review

While House leaders try to put together their version of the state budget, the state Senate got an early start on its own deliberations with a rare Sunday meeting of the Finance Committee.

Number of the Day

64 - Percentage of the $1.6 billion budget shortfall that is due to the expiration of temporary taxes on June 30. The remaining 36 percent is due to other factors such as inflation, school enrollment and other budget factors (Source: Legislative Fiscal Office)
March 22, 2018

The Order of the Magic Asterisk

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne has the unpleasant task of convincing the House of Representatives - particularly its most conservative members who serve on the Appropriations Committee - that Louisiana’s fiscal cliff is a real and dangerous problem.

Number of the Day

2.9 percent- Growth in personal income for Louisiana in 2017. The national income growth was 3.1 percent (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis)