juvenile justice reform

June 25, 2018

Sine Die and a sigh of relief

When the Louisiana House adjourned on Thursday, its members were hopelessly deadlocked over one-tenth of a penny of sales-tax renewal.

Number of the Day

3 - Special sessions of the Louisiana Legislature required to reach a revenue compromise that keeps most state services operating at current levels. (Source: Louisiana Legislature)
June 19, 2018

It may come down to a tenth of a penny

With a July 1 deadline looming to agree on a revenue package, Gov. John Bel Edwards asked lawmakers to put partisan politics aside as they convened Monday for the year’s third special session.

Number of the Day

100 million - the difference in revenue between a 4.4 and 4.5 percent sales tax rate. (Source: The Advocate)
September 6, 2016

Sept. 6: Crime and Punishment

Louisiana could save $70 million a year by moving 9,000 people convicted of nonviolent drug offenses to drug courts - and even more if the programs expanded statewide. The numbers come from a new Legislative Auditor’s report that also finds Louisiana sends people to prison for nonviolent offenses at much higher rates than other states.
August 31, 2016

Aug. 31: Gas tax lags as infrastructure projects wait

Louisiana’s gas tax has been unchanged since 1990, and has lost much of its purchasing power since then because of inflation.