Tanner Magee

February 20, 2018

Edwards seeks tax compromise

Gov. John Bel Edwards kicked off another special session of the Legislature on Monday - his fifth since taking office in early 2016 - by calling for his Republican critics to join him in a compromise plan to stabilize the state budget by replacing most of the tax revenue that expires on June 30.

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$49,244 - Average teacher pay in Louisiana, compared to $50,949 for the Southern region and $58,064 nationally (Source: The Advocate)
May 31, 2017

Another tax reform bill bites the dust

With the Legislature scheduled to adjourn in eight days, the chances of lawmakers agreeing on a solution to the $1.3 billion fiscal “cliff” in 2018 are increasingly remote.

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1,100- nonviolent offenders to be released from prison by next summer if the criminal justice package is approved without amendments (Source: NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune)
May 19, 2017

LSU’s crumbling library

Gov. John Bel Edwards toured the crumbling Middleton Library at Louisiana’s flagship university and made a pitch for reinvestment on Thursday.

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$51 million - Additional federal flood recovery money heading to Louisiana, bringing the total allocation to about $1.7 billion. This total is less than half the request from Louisiana’s congressional delegation. (Source: The Advocate)
April 19, 2017

Sales tax dilemma

The temporary one-cent sales tax hike approved by the Legislature last year gave Louisiana the highest combined (state and local) sales tax is in the land, according to the Tax Foundation.Critics have long complained that the sales tax is cumbersome to administer and is riddled with too many exemptions.

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$510 million: Annual revenue raised from House Bill 632, which would increase the state gasoline tax by 17 cents per gallon. (Source: Nola.com/Times Picayune)