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June 26, 2018

Reason to celebrate, but more work ahead

While the immediate threat of the fiscal cliff is finally gone, it’s important to remember that this week’s revenue deal failed to solve the long-term structural problems with Louisiana’s tax structure.

Number of the Day

-12,040 - Reduction in the number of white children under 10 in Louisiana between 2010 and 2017. (Source: U.S. Census via The Brookings Institution)
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 8, 2016

Sept. 8: Colleges on the brink

Four Louisiana universities are in poor financial health and have been placed on a “fiscal watch” by the state Board of Regents. All public universities in Louisiana were graded on a 0-5 scale. Faring the worst were Southern University at New Orleans, Louisiana State University Health Sciences-Shreveport, Grambling State University and Southern University at Shreveport.