special legislative session

June 8, 2018

Looking back and looking ahead

Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to issue his call for the third special session of 2018 today - or Monday at the latest.

Number of the Day

90,200   - Number of low-income Louisiana children who would be affected by HUD rent increases under Trump Administration’s housing proposal (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
June 6, 2018

Reflections on a meltdown

The Legislature’s failure to agree on a revenue package that supports the budget bill they passed brought swift condemnation from editorial writers and opinion columnists throughout the state.

Number of the Day

$.17 - The difference in sales tax on a $100 purchase between the House GOP plan (4.33 percent) and the one backed by broad majorities in the House and Senate (4.5 percent). (Source: Simple arithmetic)
June 5, 2018

The good, the bad and the ugly

The second special session of 2018 went down to the final seconds, as most predicted it would. When it was all over at the stroke of midnight, there were bright spots and disasters and the all-but-certain specter of a third special session later this month.

Number of the Day

$60,000 - Estimated cost per day of special legislative sessions (Source: The Advocate)
June 4, 2018

It’s Sine Do or Die

The Legislature has until midnight to wrap up its work in the special session, which means passing a budget bill along with the revenue measures that support that spending.

Number of the Day

$21 million - Annual cost of modestly expanding Louisiana’s Earned Income Tax Credit from 3.5 percent to 5 percent of the federal credit, which would benefit nearly 1 in 3 state income tax filers. (Source: Legislative Fiscal Office)