public testimony day

May 8, 2018

Citizens weigh in on the budget, again

Families with medically fragile children, advocates for people with disabilities and a host of other advocates convened on the Senate Finance Committee on Monday to urge its rejection of the House-passed budget.

Number of the Day

$7 billion - Amount proposed to be cut from CHIP under President Donald Trump’s rescission proposal (Source: Washington Post)
May 7, 2018

The rush to adjournment

This morning marks the annual ritual when members of the public are invited to testify to the Senate Finance Committee about the state budget.

Number of the Day

3 percent - Amount that local school boards could charge teachers’ unions for collecting dues on their behalf, under legislation backed by business interests. The costs would likely be passed on to teachers. (Source: Will Sentell, The Advocate)
April 19, 2017

Sales tax dilemma

The temporary one-cent sales tax hike approved by the Legislature last year gave Louisiana the highest combined (state and local) sales tax is in the land, according to the Tax Foundation.Critics have long complained that the sales tax is cumbersome to administer and is riddled with too many exemptions.

Number of the Day

$510 million: Annual revenue raised from House Bill 632, which would increase the state gasoline tax by 17 cents per gallon. (Source: Nola.com/Times Picayune)