John Simerman

June 21, 2018

Showdown in the House

Two-plus years of debates, multiple studies and three special sessions now come down to this: The Louisiana House will take up three revenue-raising bills today, each one renewing a different fraction of the temporary “clean penny” of sales tax that expires on June 30.

Number of the Day

$11 million - Remaining cut to local sheriffs’ funding for housing state prisoners, in budget plan passed by House Appropriations on Wednesday. (Source: Nola.com/TimesPicayune)
April 5, 2018

Unpaid meal debt bill advances

The Louisiana House on Wednesday advanced House Bill 284, by Rep. Pat Smith, which would prohibit public schools from punishing students whose families have an unpaid meal debt.

Number of the Day

$25,747, 218  - The recommended cut in state general funds to higher education in the governor’s Executive Budget (Source: House Fiscal Division)