Melanie Bronfin

June 29, 2018

Farm bill heads to conference committee

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is one of the most important parts of our country’s safety net, and ensures that nearly 900,000 Louisianans each year have enough to eat.

Number of the Day

65 percent- Voters who said that continuing protections for people with pre-existing conditions is very important, if not the single most important health issue, for midterm candidates. (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)
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.

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$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)
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)