Jim Richardson

August 7, 2018

Paid family leave would transform Louisiana

With the federal government gridlocked, states across the country have adopted paid family leave policies to ensure that workers - particularly ones with low incomes - are able to take time off from work after a child is born or to care for an ailing relative.

Number of the Day

$250,000 -  Total fines assessed by the Louisiana Department of Health to the five private insurers that oversee care for most of the state’s Medicaid enrollees. The companies were cited for sloppy record-keeping. (Source: The Associated Press)
June 22, 2018

The House stalls again

After a day of heated negotiations and long delays on Thursday, the House failed to pass any tax measures to replace expiring revenue and avoid the fiscal cliff.

Number of the Day

0.68 percent-  Louisiana’s population growth rate from 2007 to 2017. (Source: Pew Trust)
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)
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)