Stephanie Riegel

August 29, 2017

National Flood Insurance Program set to expire

Members of Congress have a long to-do list awaiting them when they return from August recess, and one thing sure to be at the top of that list is re-authorizing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Number of the Day

66 -  Percentage of minimum wage workers in Louisiana who are women.  (Source: Economic Policy Institute)
August 22, 2017

Giving away the farm…and the school

The community group Together Louisiana released a report Monday that looks at how much a state industrial tax break program is costing East Baton Rouge Parish.

Number of the Day

$69.6 million - 2017 property tax revenue lost in East Baton Rouge parish via the Industrial Tax Exemption Program (Source: Together Louisiana)
August 10, 2017

Myth vs. fact on the state budget

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne spoke with local business leaders Wednesday at the Baton Rotary Club, and used the occasion to refute some of the more common myths around the state budget -- the most potent one being that our government has grown under Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administrations.

Number of the Day

39,900 - Estimated number of Louisiana children identified as homeless by their school district in the 2015-16 school year. (Source: Center on Budget Policy & Priorities)
February 15, 2017

Still searching for solution to mid-year shortfall

Gov. John Bel Edwards and House Republicans remain at loggerheads over how to close the $304 million mid-year shortfall. The lower-chamber GOP leaders want to use less of the state’s Budget Stabilization Fund, while the governor contends that using the maximum allowable allotment will limit the pain of cuts.Read more...