Jim Fannin

August 28, 2017

Starving higher education

How bad is the financial crunch at Louisiana's colleges and universities? So bad that at Nicholls State University, appropriations from the state are no longer enough to cover all "mandated" costs - money that goes back to the state to pay for pensions, security, health benefits and the like.

Number of the Day

$1.07 - Amount that Nicholls State University spent on costs mandated by the state in 2016-17, for every $1 in general fund support it received. (Source: The Advocate)
March 21, 2017

Tax reform jockeying begins

Last week, word began circulating that Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration had shelved tax reform ideas that would have made Louisiana’s system more fair and sustainable, pushing instead for the highly regressive gross receipts tax that’s widely considered to be bad tax policy.