stand-still budget

May 30, 2017

Into the home stretch

Louisiana legislators return from the Memorial Day break with little more than a week left in which to broker a compromise between the House and Senate on the $28 billion state budget.

Number of the Day

$56.5 billion - Increase in disposable personal income in April, over the previous month - an increase of 0.4 percent. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis)
May 2, 2017

House budget is “Jindal on steroids”

Health care services for the poor, K-12 public school education and safety-net services for abused and neglected children are among the state services that would take big hits next year in a spending plan approved by the House budget committee in a party-line vote on Monday.

Number of the Day

$1 billion -  Preliminary estimate of the amount of federal funding Louisiana could lose as result of the $235 million reduction in state funding for the Department of Health. (Source: The Times Picayune/
April 26, 2017

The CAT is gone

The centerpiece of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ tax package - a proposed commercial activity tax on corporations contained in House BIll 628 - failed to make it out of the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.

Number of the Day

$18 million - Amount of cuts to higher education under a standstill budget proposed by Republican House members. (Source: The Advocate)