JP Morrell

September 24, 2018

A radical shift on immigration policy

President Donald Trump is proposing to make life much harder for legal immigrants to the United States. A new federal rule - long anticipated but filed late Saturday night - would make it more difficult for people to stay in the country if they use “non-cash” forms of public assistance such as housing vouchers, food benefits or Medicare drug benefits.

Number of the Day

24,197 - Number of people on a waiting list for affordable housing vouchers in New Orleans in 2017-18. Overall, the New Orleans area saw a decrease in availability of affordable housing over the past year (Source: HousingNola, 2018 Report Card)
June 4, 2018

It’s Sine Do or Die

The Legislature has until midnight to wrap up its work in the special session, which means passing a budget bill along with the revenue measures that support that spending.

Number of the Day

$21 million - Annual cost of modestly expanding Louisiana’s Earned Income Tax Credit from 3.5 percent to 5 percent of the federal credit, which would benefit nearly 1 in 3 state income tax filers. (Source: Legislative Fiscal Office)
May 31, 2018

A real revenue solution emerges in Senate

After a nearly two-year wait, members of the Louisiana Senate finally had an opportunity to weigh in on tax legislation that would address the state’s fiscal cliff on Wednesday evening.

Number of the Day

7.9 - Number of infant mortalities per 1,000 births to African American mothers in New Orleans, compared to 3.5 infant deaths per 1,000 births to white mothers in the city. (Source: The Data Center)
April 26, 2018

Unanimous jury bill advances

Louisiana is one of just two states that do not require a jury to return a unanimous verdict to convict a defendant in all felony cases.

Number of the Day

40 - The percentage of trial convictions in Louisiana over the past six years that resulted from split jury verdicts. Source: The Advocate)