Louisiana Budget Cuts

April 8, 2017

Louisiana Department of Health: Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ executive budget for fiscal year 2017-18 allocates $2.58 billion in state general funds for the Louisiana Department of Health – the second largest commitment of state funds after the Department of Education. The vast majority of that ($2.22 billion – or 86 percent) will go to support the Medicaid program, where it will be used to draw down federal matching funds.… Read more...

October 28, 2016

Oct. 28: More cuts on the way

State government spent $313 million more than it took in from tax collections in the 2015-16 budget year, which means Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Legislature will have to make up the difference in the current-year spending cycle.
October 12, 2016

Oct. 12: GOP leader wants more cuts

The blue-ribbon task force that’s been working for months on recommendations for overhauling Louisiana’s tax structure is close to finishing its work.
August 22, 2016

August 22: LBP on NPR

In the two decades since the federal government transformed America’s welfare system into a block grant, Louisiana’s poverty rate hasn’t budged - but the number of poor families receiving cash assistance and help finding jobs has plunged.