Kenny Havard

January 16, 2018

About that fiscal cliff

Time is running out for Gov. John Bel Edwards and GOP leaders in the House to strike a deal on how to avoid the $1.5 billion fiscal cliff.

Number of the Day

3.2 million - Increase in the number of Americans without health insurance in 2017. After years of decline, the uninsured rate ticked up 1.3 percentage points last year. (Source: Gallup via Axios)
June 1, 2017

A “precautionary” special session

With just one week left before lawmakers adjourn, the looming question in the Capitol is whether the House and the Senate will come to an agreement on a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Number of the Day

$1.1 billion -  the reduction in federal funding for adult job training programs in President Trump’s FY 18 budget, a decrease of 40 percent from current funding levels. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
May 15, 2017

Spotlight on capital outlay

The annual capital construction bill has always served a two-part purpose: First, it provides dollars for state construction projects - everything from office buildings and museums to local priorities like sewer upgrades or a new fire station. Second, it has served as an enticing carrot that the governor can dangle before legislators as a way of corralling votes on tough issues.

Number of the Day

39 - Percentage of an average teacher’s income in New Orleans that goes toward housing, making the Crescent City the 10th most unaffordable city for teachers. Federal guidelines suggest families spend no more than 30 percent of their income on housing (Source: Jarvis DeBerry via San Francisco Chronicle)
May 10, 2017

Tax reform stalls in committee

The efforts to reform Louisiana’s broken tax structure hit a massive roadblock Tuesday when the House Ways and Means Committee rejected legislation to do away with an unorthodox tax break.

Number of the Day

47- Louisiana’s ranking for senior health, an improvement from 50th last year. (Source: 2017 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report)