December 8, 2017

Tax reform is long overdue

A Medicaid trust fund for the elderly. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. The health plan for state workers. Pension fund payments for probation and parole officers. Those are just a few of the funds that state legislators raided in recent years so the money could be spent on ongoing government operations.

Number of the Day

$2.4 billion - Decrease in net state assets from 2013 to 2017, thanks in large part to the Legislature tapping dedicated funds to pay ongoing expenses in government. (Source: Louisiana Legislative Auditor)
October 11, 2017

Digging into dedications

When Louisiana faces a fiscal crunch, the first place legislators often look for cuts is the area of the budget known as “statutory dedications,” or money that’s set aside for a specific purpose, and often funded by a dedicated tax or fee.

Number of the Day

63 - Percentage of students receiving TOPS awards who come from families with incomes of $100,000 or less (Source: Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance via The Advocate)
September 20, 2017

Cassidy-Graham bill jeopardizes timely reauthorization of CHIP

Children’s health advocates were encouraged by last week’s announcement that key senators had struck a deal to reauthorize the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years. Unfortunately, Sen. Bill Cassidy’s last-ditch partisan effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is getting in the way of the effort to renew CHIP before its expiration date, which could have devastating consequences for kids.Read more...

June 20, 2017

NEW REPORT: The American Health Care Act Would Reverse Recent Coverage Gains and Strain Louisiana’s Budget

The American Health Care Act would be devastating for the state budget, health care providers and residents of all parts of the state.