Louisiana Checkbook

March 19, 2018

Doctors are leaving Louisiana

Louisiana’s chronic refusal to address its structural budget deficit is a likely reason medical school graduates are leaving the state at higher rates than just a few years ago. As the AP’s Melinda Deslatte reports, last week was when newly minted doctors found out where they will “match” with post-graduate residency programs.

Number of the Day

$53.3 million - Annual payments Louisiana will receive from BP over the next 15 years for economic damages associated with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Legislation filed for the current session would allow the money to be spent on general operations instead of squirreled away in special funds (Source: Associated Press)
February 14, 2018

Medicaid expansion is working

As the Legislature heads toward a long-anticipated special session, some conservatives have tried blaming Louisiana’s Medicaid program - instead of expiring temporary taxes -  for the state’s ongoing structural budget deficits.

Number of the Day

$115 billion - Estimated annual cost of the ongoing opioid crisis in 2017. Most of the cost is due to lost earnings and productivity from overdose deaths. (Source: Altarum via Axios)
January 31, 2018

The GOP budget wish-list

After months of delay, House Speaker Taylor Barras outlined the budget “reforms” his members want to see as a condition of supporting revenues and avoiding the “fiscal cliff.”

Number of the Day

51 - Louisiana’s ranking on Politico Magazine’s quasi-annual index that compares states on a variety health, educational and socioeconomic indicators. (Source: The Advocate via Politico)