Lance Harris

June 11, 2018

The Legislature now has one job

When the Legislature reconvenes in Baton Rouge next Monday to address what remains of the fiscal cliff, it will look far different than the special sessions that came before.

Number of the Day

$506.4 million - Amount of funding needed to fill the remaining gaps in the 2018-19 state operating budget. Most of the gaps are in higher education, public safety and social services. (Source: Legislative Fiscal Office)
June 5, 2018

The good, the bad and the ugly

The second special session of 2018 went down to the final seconds, as most predicted it would. When it was all over at the stroke of midnight, there were bright spots and disasters and the all-but-certain specter of a third special session later this month.

Number of the Day

$60,000 - Estimated cost per day of special legislative sessions (Source: The Advocate)
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)