John Bel Edwards

March 14, 2018

Budget process begins

The deliberations over next year’s state budget formally began Tuesday in the House Appropriations Committee, and major disagreements have already emerged between Chairman Cameron Henry and Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration.

Number of the Day

$25,806 - The median income among African American households in New Orleans, compared to $64,377 for white households. (Source: The Washington Post)
March 13, 2018

Will the Legislature pass a budget?

The Legislature’s most important task during its annual regular session is passing a budget. But many predict the Legislature won’t accomplish that task during the regular session this year, because doing so would require cutting more than $700 million, mostly from critical health and education programs.

Number of the Day

105,000 - Number of children in Louisiana whose parents would earn more if the Legislature increased the statewide minimum wage to $8.50. (Source: LBP analysis)
March 2, 2018

A final swing at revenues?

The House is scheduled to come back into session at 10 a.m. to vote on a set of stalled tax bills that have been the subject of intense negotiations over the last several days. Legislators hit an impasse late Wednesday, but House and Senate leaders met Thursday to discuss a path forward.

Number of the Day

2.9 percent - Percentage of patients hospitalized for opioid-related causes who were uninsured in 2015 - down from 13.4 percent two years earlier, before the Affordable Care Act (Source: CBPP via Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
February 7, 2018

Special session comes into focus

It’s looking increasingly likely that Gov. John Bel Edwards will call legislators into a special session starting Feb. 19 in an effort to fill the $1 billion revenue hole caused by expiring taxes.

Number of the Day

385,000 - Number of Louisianans who receive critical primary care from community health centers. (Source: The Advocate)