Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force

April 21, 2017

The latest on tax reform

The Legislature has completed its second full week of work, and no progress has been made on fixing either the $440 million shortfall for the coming fiscal year or the nearly $1.4 billion “fiscal cliff” the state is facing when temporary taxes expire in June of 2018.

Number of the Day

$1.5 billion - Cost to the state in FY 2019 if the sales tax rate was reduced to 2.03 percent and various exemptions were repealed. (Source: Legislative Fiscal Office analysis of HB 220)
March 31, 2017

CATerwauling on tax reform

Gov. John Bel Edwards released his tax plan on Wednesday, which is aimed at replacing $1.4 billion in revenue that falls off the books in 2018 while making Louisiana’s revenue structure more fair and predictable.

Number of the Day

46 - Percentage of Louisiana residents who think the state is heading in the right direction, compared to 40 percent who think we’re headed the wrong way. Louisianans are more optimistic than at any time since 2012 (Source: Louisiana Survey)
February 16, 2017

Special session: Cuts vs. rainy-day dollars

Gov. John Bel Edwards and his allies had complained for days that House Republicans had not produced a viable alternative to his budget-rebalancing plan. That changed on Wednesday, when the House Appropriations Committee sent two budget cutting bills to the floor that cut current-year spending well beyond the levels recommended by the governor.Read more...

October 6, 2016

Oct. 6: Habitual offender law use varies by region

Three Louisiana district attorneys - all from the New Orleans metro area - used the state’s stringent habitual offender laws frequently last year.