Stephanie Grace

June 11, 2019

The people we tax into poverty

People across the political spectrum agree that our tax system shouldn’t push people into poverty. But while federal tax policy does a reasonably effective job at protecting low-income people who are elderly or have children, it fails to extend the same protections to childless, working-age adults.Read more...

December 18, 2018

Louisiana’s mental health crisis

Louisiana spends less on mental health care, per capita, than 43 other states. In the absence of state investment, police are often the first responders for people facing a mental health crisis.

Number of the Day

$6,800,000,000 - Funding lost to Louisiana public schools since the state’s suspended an annual 2.75% inflationary increase in per-student spending, in 2008. (Source: Louisiana Budget Project)
September 25, 2018

Don’t squander the budget surplus

The state’s $300 million budget surplus, spurred by higher-than-expected corporate and personal income tax collections and a small bump in oil and gas taxes, has prompted hand-wringing from some conservatives who now say that tax renewals that helped stabilize this year’s budget were unnecessary.

Number of the Day

5.9 - Percentage increase in personal income in Louisiana in the second fiscal quarter of 2018. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce)
May 25, 2018

Little progress on tax renewals

The House Ways and Means Committee spent six hours debating revenue measures on Thursday, but there is little to show for it.

Number of the Day

$40 million - the suggested (but unsuccessful) increase in school funding recommended by the Minimum Foundation Program Task Force and Superintendents’ Advisory Council for 2018. (Source: The Advocate)