Jay Luneau

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)
April 7, 2017

Chipping away at tax exemptions

Louisiana gives away billions of dollars each year through various tax exemptions, exclusions, credits and other breaks.

Number of the Day

90 -  percent of Louisianans who support a law requiring private employers to pay men and women the same amount of money for the same work. The Louisiana Legislature has rejected 28 equal pay bills in the past decade.   (Source: The Louisiana Survey Pt. IV)