June 15, 2018

Budget cuts threaten Louisiana’s largest anti-hunger program

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The Legislature’s stalemate over revenue-raising measures could force the state to opt out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The budget passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards during the second special session includes a 24.2 percent, or $34.7 million, cut to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) – the state agency that administers SNAP.  Read more...

May 29, 2018

A Partial Solution is Not Good Enough

The second special session of 2018 is past the halfway point, and so far the only major revenue bill to make it to the Senate is House Bill 27 by Rep. Lance Harris. This bill would raise an estimated $363 million for the 2018-19 budget to help address the fiscal cliff.Read more...

April 9, 2018

LBP Releases New Report on Minimum Wage

A new report from the Louisiana Budget Project shows that 193,000 Louisiana workers – nearly 1 in 10 – would get a much-needed pay raise if policymakers established a state minimum wage of $8.50 per hour.

The report by policy director Jeanie Donovan also shows how workers in Louisiana’s largest cities would benefit if legislators were to lift the state law that forbids local control of minimum wage ordinances.Read more...

November 27, 2017

Senate tax bill would raise health premiums and the uninsured rate

Senate Republicans are proposing to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that everyone buy insurance as part of their tax overhaul bill. This would have serious consequences for Louisiana’s health care system, especially older Louisianans who buy insurance through the individual marketplace.Read more...