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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)
April 5, 2018

Unpaid meal debt bill advances

The Louisiana House on Wednesday advanced House Bill 284, by Rep. Pat Smith, which would prohibit public schools from punishing students whose families have an unpaid meal debt.

Number of the Day

$25,747, 218  - The recommended cut in state general funds to higher education in the governor’s Executive Budget (Source: House Fiscal Division)
December 11, 2017

The case for real tax reform

Congressional leaders hope to vote next week on a tax plan that gives massive giveaways to corporations and the most powerful people in the United States.

Number of the Day

19 cents - The loss in purchasing power - due to inflation and improved fuel efficiency - for the state’s gas tax from 1990 to 2016. (Source: Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy)