Mary Landrieu

August 11, 2017

States must lead on infrastructure

While Congress is under pressure to produce a comprehensive infrastructure bill - one of the few ideas that could gain bipartisan support on Capitol Hill - actions at the state level are far more likely to impact the roads and bridges people use every day.

Number of the Day

$4.6 trillion -  Estimated cost of bringing America’s infrastructure to a state of good repair (a grade of B) by 2025. (Source: American Society of Civil Engineers)
May 30, 2017

Into the home stretch

Louisiana legislators return from the Memorial Day break with little more than a week left in which to broker a compromise between the House and Senate on the $28 billion state budget.

Number of the Day

$56.5 billion - Increase in disposable personal income in April, over the previous month - an increase of 0.4 percent. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis)
May 23, 2017

Trump’s dangerous budget

Its official release is set for this morning, but details of President Trump’s first executive budget have been emerging since last week and the news is not good for low-income Americans or Louisiana.

Number of the Day

$72 billion -  amount cut from disability programs in President Trump’s budget — primarily from Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, which provides income assistance to poor seniors and people with disabilities. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)