Louisiana Policy Institute for Children

June 13, 2018

Budget cuts impact would be widespread

The budget bill passed by the Legislature in the waning minutes of the last special session includes across-the-board cuts to agencies and programs throughout state government that would wreak havoc on essential services.

Number of the Day

$16.16 - The hourly rate a Louisiana worker needs to afford a two-bedroom rental without spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing. (Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition)
April 20, 2018

House budget targets hospitals and college students

Facing a $648 million “fiscal cliff” caused by expiring tax revenue, a divided Louisiana House approved an operating budget Thursday that includes deep cuts to health care services for low-income families and TOPS college scholarships.

Number of the Day

6.27 - percentage of voting age African Americans in Louisiana that are disenfranchised because of past criminal convictions, compared to 3.04 percent of the general population in the state. (Source: The Pew Trusts)
January 30, 2018

Reforming statutory dedications

A frequent talking point among opponents of tax reform is that Louisiana’s structural budget problems can be fixed by removing the legal restrictions that protect various pots of money.

Number of the Day

12.7  - Percent of 2018-2019 executive budget that is made up of statutory dedications (Source: Division of Administration)
October 19, 2017

Prioritizing early care and education

Supporting early care and education should be a priority of both legislators and the business community in Louisiana. That was the message participants heard from presenters at a one-day conference sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.

Number of the Day

17- Number of international tax haven subsidiaries used by Louisiana-based CenturyLink (Source: The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and U.S. PIRG)