Robert Mann

October 27, 2017

Federal tax cut promises don’t add up

The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved the Senate’s budget resolution on Thursday, clearing the way for both chambers to continue their efforts to enact a $1.5 trillion tax cut that would disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Americans.

Number of the Day

23 - Percentage of Louisiana tax filers who used the state and local tax (SALT) deduction in 2015, with an average deduction of $6,742. Republicans in Congress have proposed eliminating the deduction to partially offset the cost of massive tax cuts, making the tax code more regressive. (Source: Government Finance Officers Association)
September 29, 2017

40 years of SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food assistance to more than 410,000 Louisiana households, turns 40 years old today.

Number of the Day

70,000- Number of people convicted of a felony in Louisiana whose right to vote would be restored if a 1976 constitutional law is found unconstitutional. (Source: The Associated Press via NOLA.com)
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)
April 17, 2017

So, what’s the plan?

A couple of things are clear as the Legislature begins its second week: First, Republicans in the House (who hold the key to any tax reform deal) are unhappy with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ plan to cut taxes for 95 percent of Louisiana households and make corporations pay more to fund state government. And second, those same House Republicans are nowhere close to coming up with a plan for solving the $1.4 billion fiscal “cliff” that will come when a slew of temporary taxes expire on July 1, 2018.

Number of the Day

$58.7 million - Estimated cost to Louisiana - over five years - of eliminating the state sales tax on diapers and feminine hygiene products, which is proposed in Senate Bill 24 by Sen. J.P. Morrell of New Orleans (Source: Legislative Fiscal Office)