Nick Albares

December 5, 2017

Louisiana is a low tax state

Louisiana residents want quality public schools, health care and strong state universities, but our state’s broken and inadequate tax system consistently leaves state lawmakers without enough revenue to fully fund those priorities.

Number of the Day

60 - percentage of people who oppose repealing the ACA’s individual mandate after learning that eliminating the mandate would increase premiums for people who buy their own coverage. (Source: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll)
November 27, 2017

Louisiana would lose under Senate tax bill

The U.S. Senate could vote as early as Thursday on legislation that would add $1.4 trillion to deficits over a decade and raise taxes on many middle-class families while sharply cutting taxes for the wealthiest families and corporations

Number of the Day

57 - Percentage of Louisiana nursing homes that had repeated problems with the cost reports they submit to the state. (Source: Louisiana Legislative Auditor)
November 9, 2017

Cliff notes: The 2018 shortfall

Much has been written about the state’s looming fiscal cliff, often with different numbers or approximations used to describe the size of the shortfall.

Number of the Day

$1,033 -  The average amount visitors spent (per person) on a trip to New Orleans in 2016, which is more than the $1,023 average weekly wage of all workers in the city.  (Source: The State of Working New Orleans report)
September 25, 2017

Cassidy’s reckless rush

The U.S. Senate could vote as early as Wednesday on Sen. Bill Cassidy’s bill to overhaul America’s health care safety net. It’s a bill that few understand, but with massive implications for patients, health care providers and state economies.

Number of the Day

79 - Number of congressional hearings in the House of Representatives on the Affordable Care Act before it passed. The Cassidy-Graham “health care” bill gets its first and only hearing in the U.S. Senate today. (Source: Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times)