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March 23, 2018

Budget gimmicks will not solve revenue problem

Using one-time money to pay for long term, ongoing expenses is not a sustainable way to run a household, let alone a state budget. But that’s exactly what House GOP leader Lance Harris is proposing as a fix for Louisiana’s fiscal cliff.

Number of the Day

$70 million - Amount the state has cut its Child Care Assistance Program since 2008. Legislation approved by the House Education committee on Thursday would restore $10 million in funding for the program. (Source: The Daily Advertiser)
March 21, 2018

Requiring unanimous juries

Louisiana is one of only two states - Oregon is the other - that do not require a unanimous jury verdict for felony convictions. It’s one of the reasons the Pelican State leads the nation, and the world, in incarceration.

Number of the Day

32,814  - Projected number of prisoners in Louisiana in 2027 if all criminal justice reforms are left in place, a 10 percent decrease in the projected prison population absent reform.   (Source: The Pew Trusts)
December 14, 2017

Seeking consensus on the “cliff”

Gov. John Bel Edwards has spent months talking to legislators and business groups around the state, trying to develop collaborative solutions to the $1.5 billion budget shortfall the state faces in 2018.

Number of the Day

$10.6 million - Amount of property tax revenue lost by Orleans Parish in 2017 due to the state’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program, which local governments now have authority to limit. (Source: Times Picayune reporting on a Together Louisiana analysis)
December 4, 2017

The terrible tax bill

The massive tax overhaul that cleared the U.S. Senate just before 2 a.m. EST Saturday - after just a few hours of cursory review - would add at least $1 trillion to federal budget deficits and represents a major shift of wealth from low and moderate-income working families to the most powerful people and corporations.

Number of the Day

65 - Days since funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired. More than 120,000 Louisiana children are enrolled in the program, which is scheduled to run out of money by February. (Source: Staff research)