Sharon Hewitt

April 11, 2018

Citizens weigh in on the budget

Members of the general public have one chance every year to testify in the House about the state budget.

Number of the Day

19,195 - Number of jobs Medicaid expansion has created and retained since mid-2016 (Source: Medicaid Expansion and the Louisiana Economy)
April 9, 2018

Senate starts its budget review

While House leaders try to put together their version of the state budget, the state Senate got an early start on its own deliberations with a rare Sunday meeting of the Finance Committee.

Number of the Day

64 - Percentage of the $1.6 billion budget shortfall that is due to the expiration of temporary taxes on June 30. The remaining 36 percent is due to other factors such as inflation, school enrollment and other budget factors (Source: Legislative Fiscal Office)
January 29, 2018

CHIP reauthorization leaves out community health centers

The Advocate’s editorial page hails Congress’ six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which had expired at the end of September and hung in the balance for months while GOP leaders focused on higher priorities such as cutting taxes on corporations.

Number of the Day

42 - Percentage of state revenues that came from mineral revenues in 1981-82, the peak year for the oil industry in Louisiana. In 2016-17, mineral revenue accounted for 4.3 percent of the state tax base. (Source: Division of Administration)
January 23, 2018

A new approach to work requirements?

Gov. John Bel Edwards has yet to lay out his vision for how to connect Medicaid recipients with jobs; those details are being worked on by an outside consultant. But in a letter to The Advocate, Louisiana Health Secretary Rebekah Gee suggests it won’t be the punitive approach favored by state Sen. Sharon Hewitt and other legislators.

Number of the Day

$5.8 billion- Amount of money in tips that workers would lose under a proposed U.S. Department of Labor rule that would allow restaurants to pocket their workers’ tips as long as they pay at least a minimum wage. (Source: Economic Policy Institute)